Publishers Weekly author interview

In 2016 Publishers Weekly gave a prestigious starred review to the author’s To Belém & Back adventure, saying “As in the very best travelogues, the author seamlessly combines the personal, the political, and the cultural.”  Later that year PW’s Bookroom Editor, Drucilla Schultz, interviewed the author.  Here are some highlights: 


“Indie author Ben Batchelder – who describes writing as his fourth (and final) career – says that he didn’t write his second book.  Rather, To Belém & Back ‘first wrote me.’”

“His tale of traveling the backroads of Brazil with his black lab, Atlas, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, with our reviewer describing the book as “insightful and poignant” and praising Batchelder for “seamlessly combin[ing] the personal, the political, and the cultural.”

“When it comes to [direct-to-consumer] publishing, … Batchelder stresses the three Ps: patience, persistence, and prayer.”

“Perhaps most surprising to Batchelder was the positive response and overwhelming support he has received from friends, both old and new.”


[read the entire Q&A here]

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About ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit

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