National Geographic to Publish Professor Emerita Frances Mayes' New Book

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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LAUGHING PLACE -- In this lavishly illustrated guide, international bestselling author Frances Mayes teams up with New York Times travel writer Ondine Cohane to reveal the inside secrets of a magical country. Featuring all 20 iconic regions, Always Italy reveals the best places to stay, eat and tour, paired with the rich history of each city, hillside town and unique terrain.

Mayes is the author of “See You in the Piazza” and four bestsellers: “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Bella Tuscany,” “Every Day in Tuscany” and “In Tuscany.” A widely published poet and essayist, Mayes has written numerous memoirs, books of poetry and novels. Formerly a professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, she now devotes herself full time to writing, traveling and restoring a historic garden.