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The Titanic Awards with Doug Lansky: Celebrating the Worst of Travel

    05/11/2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    Join us for a trip of a lifetime, from one unbelievable travel nightmare to the next. Facebook RSVP encouraged but not required.

    THE TITANIC AWARDS is the indispensable collection of the worst travel experiences from experts and regular people alike, whose tales of terror in the areas of transportation, hospitality, food, and tourism will provide pearls of wisdom for those venturing out to foreign and not so foreign (Portland, Maine) lands.

    Travel expert and author Doug Lansky, America’s youngest nationally syndicated travel columnist with his “Vagabond” column, wants fellow travelers to be as well-armed with as much information as possible before venturing into unfamiliar territory. With helpful categories and rankings such as countries with the rudest waiters, most creative pilot excuse for failing a drug test, and most easily fooled tourists, there is plenty of information that all travelers would do well to heed.

     After working the copying machine at Late Night with David Letterman, Spy Magazine, and The New Yorker during college, Doug Lansky hit the road. He spent two and a half years working his way around the planet, after which he became America’s youngest nationally syndicated columnist. His weekly “Vagabond” column grew to reach more than 10 million readers in forty major newspapers, and he is also the author of several Rough Guides and travel books, such as Lonely Planet’s Signspotting. Doug lives in Sweden with his family. Visit his website at

    Joining Doug for a discussion and Q&A about the book will be Jason Cochran.

    Cochran was awarded Guide Book of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association for Pauline Frommer's London. He also wrote Pauline Frommer's San Francisco. He is a regular writer for the New York Post, AOL's, and Travel + He has written extensively for publications including Budget Travel (as senior editor); Entertainment Weekly; the New York Daily News and Times; Travel + Leisure and T+L Family; Newsweek; City;; the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Arena (U.K.); Who (Australia); Scanorama and Seasons (Sweden). He has been an arts columnist for both (late night TV) and (theater). His writing has been awarded the Golden Pen by the Croatian government and was selected to appear in a permanent exhibit in the National Museum of Australia. He devised questions for the first American season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC) and before that, spent nearly two years backpacking solo around the world. As a commentator, he has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, CNNfn,, WOR, Outdoor Life Network, and He is an alumnus of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and New York University's Graduate Music Theatre Writing Program.

    The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780399535840
    Availability: Special Order: Please email for availability
    Published: Perigee Books - May 4th, 2010

    Read Doug Lansky's posts on the Penguin Blog.

    "In a nutshell, the Titanic Awards are the Darwin Awards for travel- only nobody dies." -Los Angeles Times