Elisabeth Eaves

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Elisabeth Eaves is an author and journalist born in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Eaves is the author of Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power (2002), a non-fiction book about striptease. The Washington Post called Bare a "first-rate, first-person work of social anthropology." Her second book, Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents (2011), was called a “heady, headlong chronicle of a decade and a half spent adrift" by the New York Times Book Review.

Eaves' travel writing has been commended and anthologized. In September 2005, her Slate series on flamenco in Seville won a silver award in the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. Her Slate series "Eco-touring in Honduras" is included in The Best American Travel Writing 2009, edited by Simon Winchester. Her essay "Wanderlust", first published on World Hum, is included in The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010. Her original essay Seasoning Jerusalem is included in Lonely Planet's A Moveable Feast: Life-changing Food Adventures from Around the World, edited by Don George.

Eaves is a columnist at the tablet newspaper The Daily where she also launched and edited the opinions page. From 2006 to 2010 she worked as a writer and editor at Forbes magazine, where in 2008 and 2009 she also wrote a weekly column. She has freelanced widely, including for Slate, Foreign Policy, Harper's, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. In 2006 she was a Robert L. Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal. From 1999 to 2000, she worked as a journalist for Reuters in London. Eaves worked as an exotic dancer at the Lusty Lady peep show in Seattle in 1996 and 1997.

Eaves received a B.A. (honors) from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and a master's degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.


  • 2002: Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power. (Published in paperback as Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping) (Knopf, 2002, and Seal Press, 2004)
  • 2009: Best American Travel Writing, 2009 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Mariner Books; an anthology)
  • 2010: Best Women’s Travel Writing, 2010 (Travelers' Tales; an anthology)
  • 2011: Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents.(Seal Press)
  • 2014: A Moveable Feast: Life-changing Food Adventures from Around the World. (Lonely Planet; an anthology)

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