About Us

Who We Are

We are a community of traveling readers, armchair travelers, and literature enthusiasts who want to take in a multitude of human experiences through stories about a place or from a place, geographically speaking.

Backpacker Booklist was founded in 2016 as an offshoot project from an online book club moderated by the founder, Emily Harper.  Since then, we’ve gone through a number of changes to figure out what it is we’re all about - and it’s still a work in progress!

We’re working to zero in on small regional publishers and lesser known local authors for tales written or translated for English language readers.  While we read from a variety of sources, we strive to look beyond the big house publishers and find what’s unique and ready to be devoured by geographically curious readers.

We work to provide our travel-savvy book junkies with the best recommendations so they can get psyched for their next big adventure abroad.  We want to connect exciting local authors with a global audience.

About the Founder

Ever since she could read, Emily has had her nose in a book.  In her 20’s, she took up travelling and backpacking around the world with every cent saved from intermittent work in geology, ski resorts, writing, and art.  

So far, she’s made her way around North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America.  Every place traveled to came with a booklist a mile long and provided a return trip home lugging acquired books, sketchpads, and journals.  

Now in her 30’s, she wants to share something a little bigger - a world absolutely full of bookish places and people.  

With great pride we have compiled literary reflections for you, the reader, in the hopes that you may pick up a recommended read from our list as you prepare to visit any of these lovely locales featured here on Backpacker Booklist.  Or better yet, maybe you’ll recognize a book for sale in a local bookstore on your next trip. Buy it! Support the booksellers!

Every book featured on this site has been read by Emily, and every country and US state featured has been visited.  The idea is to keep it personal, discussable, and related to a travel experience. She currently resides part time in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and part time in Taos, New Mexico, but is always planning another trip either at home in the USA or abroad.  

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