ben batchelder


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. […]


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 […]


boston and new york readings

Continuing the U.S. launch of To Belém & Back, there were three book events in mid-September on the Upper East Coast: a book club reading in Winchester, MA, followed by an open book launch event in Brookline, MA, followed by one in New York’s West Village.  Among the innovations for […]


new york reading of “to belém & back”

You’re invited to the New York launch of To Belém & Back: Backroads Brazil with my Black Lab, on Monday, Sept. 15th, at 7pm, to include a reading, an audio/visual presentation, and Q&A. The event is graciously hosted by Roger & Renata Ullman – old friends of the author, who […]