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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Travel Author Rick Steves to Speak at The City Library as Part of 20 Cities in 20 Days Tour (SLC: Mar 5)

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Julianne Hancock
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Travel Author Rick Steves to Speak at The City Library as Part of 20 Cities in 20 Days Tour
February 9, 2012 – SALT LAKE CITY - The City Library is pleased to host renowned travel writer, Rick Steves, in Salt Lake City as part of his coast to coast tour of the United States, 20 Cities: 20 Days. He will speak on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 pm in the Main Library Auditorium.

Steves, best known for his travel in Europe, is taking to the open road and stopping along the way to share his perspective on travel, and to talk about the experiences he is having as he visits communities across the country.   His remarks in Salt Lake City will focus on European travel, and how best to see the world in the current political and economic climate.

He has been lauded for his public television series, Rick Steves’ Europe, his public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves, and his best-selling guide book series, including his recent publication, Travel as a Political Act. His wealth of experience, amassed from traveling Europe extensively for over thirty years, will inform his lecture.

Steves’ fans have been encouraging the author for years to discover the United States, and after decades of European travel, he is finally heeding their advice, taking on the American road trip. This tour is intended to demonstrate that independent travel, which Steves advocates, will broaden perspectives—no matter the destination.

The travel guru will be following his own counsel and seeing the United States as a “temporary local”, making certain to steer off the beaten path and visiting locations away from popular tourist destinations.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of The City Library, who will have Steves’ books for sale in The Library Store in the weeks preceding his speech.  Tickets will be required, and will be available on a first-come, first served basis, free of charge, at all library locations beginning February 18. Tickets are limited to two per person.

About Rick Steves
Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education came in Europe — since 1973 he's spent 120 days a year in Europe. Spending one third of his adult life living out of a suitcase in Europe has shaped his thinking. Today he employs 80 people at his Europe Through the Back Door headquarters where he produces over 50 guidebooks on European travel, the most popular travel series in America on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, and a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. For more information, visit www.ricksteves.com

Communications Manager | Salt Lake City Public Library 
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