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Books on Business and Travel Destinations, with a focus on
Sunny Africa
by Muguette M. Goufrani

muguetteAs a Travel Agent/Tour conductor, who is now heavily involved in the publishing business, I spend many hours in and around books. I seek out places that are user-friendly, like our friend Kevin McKeown's basement shop down the street, which offers rare titles. To me, each local branch of Chapters is "Bookstore Heaven." While the new owners have removed most of the comfy chairs, going there is still a destination in itself. As for public libraries, every week we drive at least 20 extra miles through downtown traffic and road blocks, to the suburb of Richmond, just to frequent our favorite library. It is clean, courteous, well stocked and they do all the little things right.

The same goes for choosing (or not choosing) Web Sites. Some are user-friendly, yet far too many seem anxious to take your money and run or try to impress you with complicated concepts that don't work. Many others, some of them big name company or government sites, are almost impossible to navigate , leaving the viewer in total frustration. As time goes by we will introduce you to our choice of sites as well as books. Happy Reading.


M.G. Publishing is offering a revised edition of the Subsidies, Grants and loans directories, guides containing more than 1400 and 2800 direct and indirect financial subsidies, grants and loans offered by government departments and agencies, foundations, associations and organizations. In these new 2002 editions all programs are well described. The Subsidies, Grants and loans directories are the most comprehensive tools to start up a business, improve existent activities, set up a business plan, or obtain assistance from experts in fields such as: Industry, transport, agriculture,communications, municipal infrastructure,education, import-export, labor, construction and renovation, the service sector, hi-tech industries, research and development, joint ventures,arts, cinema, theater, music and recording industry, the self employed, contests, and new talents. Assistance from and for foundations and associations, guidance to prepare a business plan, market surveys, computers, and much more!

Each directory is sold $ 49.95, to obtain a copy please call one of the following bookstores:

American Publications (866)322-3376
Business Resource Center: (250)381-4822, 8am-4pm pacific time.
Fureteur bookstore: (450)465-5597, Fax: (450)465-8144 (credit card orders only).






























BRADT publishes travel guides to all corners of the world, as well as guides on rail travel, wildlife, backpacking, and hiking. Whether you are traveling on business or on holiday, independently or on a group tour, Bradt's individual guides provide far and away the best information for adventurous and environmentally conscious travelers. Africa titles include: Africa & Madagascar- Total Eclipse; Cape Verde Islands ; East and Southern Africa; The Backpacker's Manual; Guide to Ethiopia; Guide to Ghana; Madagascar Wildlife; Madagascar; Malawi ; Mauritius, Rodrigues and Reunion; Guide to Mozambique; Namibia; Guide to South Africa ; Tanzania; Southern Africa by Rail; Uganda; Zambia; Guide to Zanzibar; Your Child's Health Abroad.

Big Little Books of Adventures: Camera Safaris and Ecotourism around the world. Air Highways and Africa Travel Magazine's "Electronic Media Kit" will soon be available on Adobe Acrobat Reader software, down- loadable from:

"Hideous Kinky" looks at Morocco in the 70s: Esther Freud,the author of the autobiographical novel "Hideous Kinky", made into the movie of the same name, starring Kate Winslet and currently running at theaters in North America is currently on a tour. We at Africa Travel Magazine enjoyed the move immensely. "Hideous Kinky" is about the spiritual journey taken by a young single mother with her two daughters through Morocco in the 1970s. Since publishing "Hideous Kinky", her first novel in 1992, Ms. Freud ( granddaughter of Sigmund and daughter of the painter Lucian) has produced two more novels, "Peerless Flats" and "Summer in Glasgow".

Speaking of Morocco, read the story on Berber Wedding by Muguette Goufrani.

African Books you can order from the Internet

Myth, Literature, and the African World: by Wole Soyinka, Paperback - 168 pages. The ways in which the African world perceives itself as a cultural whole that interconnects myth, ritual and literature and the differences between its essential unity and the sense of division pervading Western literature are emphasized in this classic analysis.

Lonely Planet Africa : On a Shoestring: by Hugh Finlay, Geoff Crowther, Paperback - 1000 pages
Vast in size and history, with equally vast potential for rewarding experiences and red-tape hassles, Africa more than any other continent requires a solid and reliable guidebook for anything other than the most superficial of visits. It is the sort of information-packed guide at which Lonely Planet excels.

The Rough Guide to West Africa (1995): by Jim Hudgens, Richard Trillo, Paperback (December 1995)
Hitch a smooth ride across the Sahara with veteran authors Jim Hudgens and Richard Trillo. Their Rough Guide to West Africa, now in its second edition, takes you from bustling Dakar and other capitals to all the remote towns and beaches. The Rough Guide expertly covers the basics - lodging, transportation, etiquette and inoculations - and the breadth of activities - nightlife, seeing the wildlife and volunteering.
Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya : A Climbing and Trekking Guide
by Cameron M. Burns, Paperback - 176 pages
Pre-trip planning, finding and hiring outfitters, and thorough information on dozens of trails are included in this comprehensive guide to the 30 top climbing and trekking routes on Mount Kilimanjaro and her sister peak, Mount Kenya color insert. 30 b&w photos

Africa : A Biography of the Continent: by John Reader, Hardcover - 752 pages
"The ancestors of all humanity evolved in Africa," notes photojournalist John Reader at the beginning of this epic, panoramic overview of African history. From the formation of the continent to the present, Reader's informative narrative tells the story of the earliest dwellers and the natural obstacles of desert, jungle, and animals they faced, ....

Arabian Nights and Days: by Naguib Mahfouz, Denys , Hardcover - 227 pages
An austerely modern reworking of The Thousand and One Nights-the most magical work yet set into English by Egyptian Nobel laureate Mahfouz (The Harafish, 1994, etc.). Although these intertwined fables are, like the volume that inspired them, set in the past, they deal with all-too-modern consequences of fairy-tale

Icons of Aviation: Book Reviews include a biography of the most dedicated tourism pioneer in America's North Country, Mr. Alaska, Charlie West. Also, Edmonton's Grant MacConachie, founder of Canadian Pacific Airlines, who dreamed of an air bridge to the Orient and across the pole.

Women in the World of Aviation- by Muguette Goufrani, Illustrations by Alain Glomo.

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