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About bonniejocampbell

I'm the author of ONCE UPON A RIVER, AMERICAN SALVAGE, Q ROAD, WOMEN & OTHER ANIMALS. I love Michigan, donkeys, black walnuts, blackcap raspberries, Flannery O'Connor.

Edinburgh Outriders: The Shoes!

While Jenni Fagan and I are Outriders, traveling in the New World as part of the Edinburgh Bookfestival, in my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Outriders are a motorcycle gang. I used to hang out with a family called the Coles. … Continue reading

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The Edinburgh Book Festival Outriders cruise Highway I-5 south to San Diego to find Dr. Seuss, L. Frank Baum.

During our luxurious time in Southern California, Jenni Fagan and I have been kindly attended to by our glamorous and exuberant tour organizer, Karissa Kary, who took us to, among other places, a cafe in Long Beach where we saw … Continue reading

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From Jack London to John Steinbeck: Outriders take the train along the California coast

Jenni Fagan and I have continued our psychedelic journey, traveling from San Francisco to California. We caught bus from SF, which takes us to Oakland, California, to Jack London Square, where we boarded the Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. The author … Continue reading

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Ireland joins Scotland and Michigan: Outriders in the Bay Area.

What a pleasure it was to spend the day with Irish writer, Emer Martin and her family! While Jenni Fagan and I were staying in San Francisco as part of the Edinburgh Book Festival’s Outrider project, Jenni’s good friend Emer … Continue reading

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On the Bus: Outriders at Ken Kesey’s Farm, with Ken Babbs

The Facts: “You‘re either on the bus or off the bus.” The Artifacts: Two psychedelic school busses. Skypilot Ken Babbs kindly escorted Scottish author Jenni Fagan and me and our driver Eric Miller to author Ken Kesey’s farm, which was … Continue reading

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Visiting Ken Babbs: Outriders in Oregon

The Facts: Jenni Fagan & Bonnie Jo Campbell arrived in Portland, Oregon, picked up a dude who was willing to drive us (Eric Miller), and headed south to Dexter, Oregon, to visit Merry Prankster and Intrepid Traveler, Skypilot Kapn’Ken Babbs, … Continue reading

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Detroit: Outriders meet Lolita Hernandez

  The Facts: Jenni Fagan arrived in Michigan, departed Michigan. The Artifacts: More than we can list at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, objects that might once have been garbage, but are now art. Also an 80-foot-high Uniroyal Tire, Murals … Continue reading

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Michigan Awaits Scotland

The Facts: Scottish writer Jenni Fagan is coming to Michigan. The Artifacts: Petoskey stones, Stormy Kromer hats, fireflies, photos of Ellis Island, Scottish shortbread, screen porch, Steve Amick, Jack Driscoll, Susan Ramsey, Christopher Magson, a poem by Bob Hicok. Scottish … Continue reading

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Outriders: Scottish Writers come to the U.S. to hang out with Americans!

I got lucky this spring! (It’s true I haven’t blogged lately, but I promise to restart in a fast and furious manner.) When the Edinburgh Book Festival folks decided to send five Scottish writers away from home to travel in … Continue reading

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Tatiana Szpur 1918-2014

  Tatiana, age 78, in Marin Headlands, near Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA. (1995)       My friend Mary Szpur is one of the very best people, and her remarkable mother, Tatiana Szpur, has just died at age ninety … Continue reading

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