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December 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Person: An Evening With Thomas Swick


Books & Books


December 13, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Books & Books presents…


Falling Into Place: A Story of Love, Poland, and the Making of a Travel Writer

(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $35.00)

Wednesday, December 13th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Thomas Swick discussing his insightful new memoir: Falling Into Place: A Story of Love, Poland, and the Making of a Travel Writer (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $35.00).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

From Booklist’s Starred Review: “[Swick] keenly and empathically observes the world, bringing both a relatably human approach and learned appreciation for the art of travel and of life.”

Working as a feature writer in 1976, Thomas Swick falls in love with a visiting Polish student named Hania and soon moves with her to Warsaw. The next decade sees Thomas living in Poland, Greece, and Philadelphia. He declines an invitation to be a Polish informer, sees John Paul II embolden the masses on his first trip back to his homeland since becoming pope, witnesses the rise of Solidarity and the imposition of martial law in Poland, and walks with thousands of Poles on the pilgrimage to Częstochowa, an annual religious rite that blossoms into a nine-day protest march. In 1989, he watches Hania vote in her country’s first free elections since pre-war independence. One month later, he lands his dream job as a travel writer. Falling into Place is the personal story of a young man’s discovery of the world and his development as a travel writer. It is also a love story, as he and Hania overcome cultural differences, communist bureaucracy, and unhealthy separations. Intertwined with both is the story of the revolution that altered history. With the world’s attention once again turned to Eastern Europe, and a Cold War reality, this memoir can help Americans better understand both.


About the Author:

Thomas Swick was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel from 1989 to 2008. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, as well as in six editions of The Best American Travel Writing. His most recent book, the memoir Falling into Place: A Story of Love, Poland, and the Making of a Travel Writer, will be out in November. He lives with his wife Hania in Fort Lauderdale and in his free time does cartooning and street photography.