Ben


About Ben

Author Ben Batchelder has traveled extensively on American and Brazilian backroads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Nevertheless he has published two books on his New World journeys, that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, with plans for more. Having grown up in Cambridge, Mass., he currently leads a bi-hemispheric life, as a mountain man with a writer’s retreat in the hills of Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. For more, visit www.benbatchelder.com.


miami beach book & film event

The first public reading of To Belém & Back in Miami Beach, one of the cradles of the book’s creation, was a hoot, with 23+ people packing into my old friend Russell’s mid-beach apartment.  Novelist Ben Batchelder read a darker passage than usual, about the change in his relation with […]


miami beach reading & screening

You’re cordially invited to a book reading of To Belém & Back with a view, at my dear friend Russell’s top-floor apartment in mid-beach. When:       Friday, June 17th, 7-8pm Where:      4035 N. Meridian Ave., Apt. Ph How:         use *5712 front door code […]


santa fe, nm reading & q&a

The first reading of To Belém & Back west of the Mississippi was a success, with over 20 people attending.  (Twice the turnout of my last book reading in Santa Fe.)  My black Lab Zeno stole the show, of course, and the 20′ video “Tiradentes2Belém” was well received.  The author wishes […]


santa fe, nm reading

You’re cordially invited to a book reading of To Belém & Back, which just won a coveted Red Star ★ from Publishers Weekly, by author Ben Batchelder in Santa Fe, NM. Ben plans to read an excerpt, present a slideshow/film titled “Tiradentes2Belém,” and to take questions at The Travel Bug, […]


publishers weekly review gives coveted star ★ to “belém & back”

“An insightful and poignant account… As in the very best travelogues, the author seamlessly combines the personal, the political, and the cultural…[along with] the philosophical, via thought-provoking reflections…” See the full review at Publishers Weekly booklife page; and, if you’re fast, see the book positioning in their weekly reviews here. […]


way upper amazon

I recently went on a mission trip to the Ucayali River in the Peruvian jungle.  While not technically backroads or Brazil, the riverine communities there are similar with those downriver in Brazil and, in the Amazon, rivers are the roads.  With a small group from my church in Miami Beach […]


tiradentes2belém film debut

Due to heavy rains the night of the film’s debut during the Mineiro launch of “To Belém & Back,” a re-debut is now scheduled in Tiradentes’s Cultural Center for Friday, Jan. 8th, at 7:30pm. The film, in many ways a simple love letter to the interior of Brazil, brings a […]


disneyland of art, take 4

Inhotim, a major gem in both Brazil and the contemporary art world, has Free Wednesdays.  I visited the other week, and my photography benefited from so many school children visiting on day trips from the state capital, Belo.  Photography, only recently, is now permitted inside galleries: a very welcome artistic […]


tiradentes book launch, photo exhibit, and film debut

You are cordially invited to a photo exhibit opening, a book launch and signing, and a short film debut followed by a Q & A with author/photographer Ben Batchelder afterwards.  (Para a convite em português, favor olhar em baixo o gráfico da convite imprimida.) The photo exhibit, named Tiradentes: Becos […]