Julian Smith (author)

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Born Julian S. Smith
Mount Kisco, New York
Occupation author
Language English
Nationality United States
Education University of Virginia, B.A.
Utah State University, M.S.
Genre travel, science, history, memoir, non-fiction
Spouse Laura Fravel

Julian Smith is an American author and journalist. He is the author of Crossing the Heart of Africa, published in 2010 by Harper Perennial.


After growing up in Katonah, New York, Smith studied biology at the University of Virginia and wildlife ecology at Utah State University.

Writing career[edit]

Smith has written for publications including Smithsonian, Wired, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, New Scientist, US News and World Report, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Wend Magazine and The Washington Post.[1]

Smith is the author of travel guidebooks to Virginia, Ecuador, and the US Southwest for Moon Publications. In 2004, his book Moon Handbooks Four Corners won the country’s top travel writing award from the Society of American Travel Writers.[2]

In December 2010, Harper Perennial published his book Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure,[3] an account of retracing the 1898-1900 route of British explorer Ewart Grogan across Africa. In 2007, Smith traveled from South Africa to Sudan, crossing eight countries in two months by bus, bicycle and ferry. Grogan's journey was itself the first transect of the continent from south to north, done in part to convince his beloved's stepfather that he was worth marrying.[1]

Smith lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

Published works[edit]

As co-author or contributor[edit]

  • 1000 Things to See Before You Die: USA and Canada
  • Moon Handbooks Chesapeake Bay
  • Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia
  • Road Trip USA
  • Road Trip USA California and the Southwest
  • Online Travel Planning for Dummies

As author[edit]

  • Moon Handbooks Galapagos
  • Moon Handbooks Navajo & Hopi Country
  • Moon Handbooks Northern Virginia
  • Moon Handbooks Four Corners
  • Moon Handbooks Virginia
  • Moon Handbooks Ecuador
  • On Your Own in El Salvador


  1. ^ a b "Julian Smith from HarperCollins Publishers". Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Moon Four Corners". Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ Julian Smith (2010). Crossing the Heart of Africa. ISBN 9780061873478. 

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