We’re thrilled to be celebrating the start of the new year with the release of Michael Benanav’s HIMALAYA BOUND, which publishes today from Pegasus Books. This gorgeous work of literary journalism follows a nomadic family’s fraught migration to the high Himalayan plains, as a changing world closes in around them. It’s a poignant and hopeful story about a persevering family, and a crucial reminder of the fragility of our earth.


Michael Benanav is the author of three books, including Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, for which he traveled 1000 miles with one of the last working camel caravans on earth. His work, including articles and images from five continents, appears in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Geographical Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more. He is also the founder of Traditional Cultures Project, an educational non-profit that documents traditional and indigenous cultures around the world. For more, visit his website at www.michaelbenanav.com.




Benanav deftly weaves scientific and historic context into the story of one family and one migration. As he does, he also shares an American’s perspective of this radically different way of life. The result is a compelling, thoughtful tale that encourages readers to examine their lives and impact upon the earth.”—BookPage’s TOP PICK for Nonfiction, January 2018!


Riveting”—The Daily Pioneer


An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies.”—Kirkus Reviews


An intriguing foray into an increasingly vulnerable way of life.”—Booklist


A vivid portrait and a poignant reminder that long ago, all of humanity was wild, nomadic, and free.”—Kevin Fedarko, author of The Emerald Mile


In the best tradition of writers like Bruce Chatwin and Gretel Ehrlich, Himalaya Bound recounts a multi-layered journey into uncertain terrain, where no GPS would dare to wander.”—Stephen Alter, author of Becoming a Mountain


Learn more about the book at himalayabound.com, and buy your copy here: Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Amazon


Join Michael at venues around the country, where he will be giving slide shows based on Himalaya Bound, inviting audiences to experience the fascinating story of this nomadic migration through a series of remarkable images.


Sat January 6 – Santa Fe, NM – The Travel Bug – 5pm

Wed January 10 – Boulder, CO – Changes In Latitude – 7pm

Thu January 11 – Denver, CO – Tattered Cover, Colfax Store – 7pm

Sat January 13 – Dixon, NM – Embudo Valley Library – 7pm

Sat January 20 – Albuquerque, NM – Bookworks – 3pm

Thu January 25 – Berkeley, CA – Mrs Dalloway’s – 7:30pm

Tue January 30 – Corte Madera, CA – Book Passage – 7pm

Wed January 31 – Orinda, CA – Orinda Books – 7pm

Sat February 3 – Washington, DC -Politics & Prose – 1pm

Mon February 5 – New York City – The Explorers Club – 7pm (reception at 6pm)

Thu February 8 – Middletown, CT – RJ Julia @ Wesleyan – 7pm

Tue February 13 – Cambridge, MA – Harvard Co-op – 7pm

Wed February 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Magers & Quinn – 7pm

Thu February 22 – Chicago, IL – Seminary Co-op – 6pm