Coming on August 13
Near the Exit:
Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper
“What happens when a gifted travel writer combines her interests in travel, religion, and death? A fascinating book called Near the Exit, with trips to Rome, a Day of the Dead celebration, pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, nursing homes, a Maori ceremony in New Zealand, a farm in Iowa, and more. Beautiful writing about a trip we all will someday take.” — Brian D. McLaren, author/activist
“A helpful reminder that no one escapes this life alive, Lori Erickson’s Near the Exit is a travel text and an act of religious exploration, presenting spiritual meditations from some of the holiest places on Earth….Showing how coping mechanisms and spiritual practices from around the world can be valuable for learning more about our own lives and eventual deaths, Near the Exit is an ideal guidebook to facing the inevitable with religious or spiritual perspective.” —Foreword Reviews
Lori Erickson’s new book focuses on places that have helped her come to terms with mortality—and explains why one of the most life-affirming things we can do is invite death along for the ride.
Press Kit for Near the Exit
About Lori Erickson
From a childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to become one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. When she’s not on the road, she lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Lori is the author of the award-winning 2017 memoir Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God. Both irreverent and devout, Holy Rover explores the transformative power of travel through trips to a dozen holy sites. More information on Holy Rover
She’s written other travel-related books and more than a thousand articles for national and regional publications. She’s also the creator of Spiritual Travels, a website featuring holy sites around the world.
Book Launch for Near the Exit: August 27, 7 pm, at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa.
Reading and signing: Dragonfly Books in Decorah, Iowa, at 7 pm on September 5
Reading and signing: The Village at Legacy Pointe in Des Moines, Iowa, at 2:00 pm on October 2
Iowa City Book Festival: Saturday, October 5, 1 pm
Speaker at Writing for Your Life Conference: Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 29, 2020