Master Writer Rick Bass Dines With His Idols In "The Traveling Feast"

Mar 1, 2019

What if you could take a road trip and visit all your heroes, door-to-door? What if you could share a meal? And what if you could do it right in their own homes?  Our guest today embarked on just such a pilgrimage. 

In his book, The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes, author Rick Bass visited a dozen honored literary writers of the last century, men and women whose work shaped his own. Expressing his gratitude through the language of food, Bass cooks elk for David Sedaris in the UK, shares a cheese plate with Amy Hempel in Central Park, and talks soberly with Russell Chatham about the talent-wasting effects of drink. It’s a fascinating look at mentorship and writers in their own habitat.

Rick Bass is the author of 30 books. His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticEsquire, and The Paris Review, among many other publications. He is the recipient of the Story Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Bass lives in Montana's Yaak Valley, where he is a founding board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council.

Bass is also the visiting distinguished writer for the spring 2019 semester here at Boise State University. He’ll be also giving a free reading in the Lookout Room at the BSU Student Union Building on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30pm.