Near the Exit:

Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper

“Open-hearted and soulful, never morbid, and often uplifting, Near the Exit is a colorful travelogue of mortality.” —Ira Byock, author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible

“Our expert tour guide has arrived. Erickson takes us on a colorful journey of the world’s sacred death rituals and destinations. Pack your bags; this is a must-read trip on death—and life.” —J. Dana Trent, author of Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

More information on Near the Exit

Press Kit for Near the Exit

Media Coverage for Near the Exit

 USA Today: What You Can Learn From Traveling With the Grim Reaper

Foreword Reviews Author Interview with Lori Erickson: “A sublime exploration of how we all can face our own demise with grace and humor.” 

Little Village Magazine: “Erickson writes with insight and humility, with a gentle touch of humor, in a manner that disarms what could otherwise be an unsettling and sober topic.”

Cover Story and Excerpt in the Christian Century Magazine

Undertaking: The Podcast


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.

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Upcoming Appearances 

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: Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Iowa, at 2 pm on September 7

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

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