Sallie Tisdale, the author of seven books, including “Talk Dirty to Me” and “The Best Thing I Ever Tasted,” will speak at the Ledding Cultural Forum at 7 p.m. on April 3, in the Milwaukie High School Black Box Theatre.

by: SUBMITTED  - TisdaleShe will talk about travel writing as a genre and will discuss some of her criticisms of modern travel writing. She also will read new material about time she spent in Uganda and India.

“I didn’t think of myself as doing travel writing for a number of years. I was just writing, and it was natural to write from the place in which I found myself,” Tisdale said. “I’ve done trips specifically for essays, and I’ve found essays by accident when I was on a trip.”

She has learned innumerable life lessons along the way.

“Travel is a great antidote for a swollen head, if you pay attention,” she said. “It’s a reminder that people are more the same than different everywhere, that most people are kind and generous, that most people spend their lives near where they are born, that most people don’t walk around looking at Twitter or worrying about Facebook status, that a lot of what we take for granted is far from common, and that our personal concerns aren’t really that important in the scheme of things ... most of the time.”

Everyone who travels has memorable experiences, some more memorable than others, like this example from Tisdale.

“Once I was staying with several people in a set of rooms above a restaurant on an island in the Caribbean,” she said. “In the middle of the night, we heard a lot of running feet and slamming doors and shouting. We were afraid to look. In the morning, we found the place deserted, tables overturned, doors wide open. No one ever came back. We packed and left.

“It remains a mystery. Part of the humbling lesson of travel is that we weren’t even in the equation — whatever it was.”

Tisdale describes herself as a “typical writer” who is “one of those introverts who is comfortable at public speaking but often chooses solitude.”

She is the Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellowship recipient for the year and is expected to do events in the local community, so the cultural forum came at a good time, and she is glad to be invited, Tisdale said.

Traveling with Tisdale

What: Ledding Cultural Forum presents author Sallie Tisdale

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3

Where: Milwaukie High School’s Black Box Theatre, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave.

Details: Event is free. To learn more, visit

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