A curated list of Mark Orwoll’s travel writing:

Goodbye to La Mirada, My Childhood Home (Los Angeles Times)

Mortality and the Devil’s Pool: His Wife Suggested He Take a Long Hike; Facing a Milestone Birthday, He Drove across Africa Instead (East/West News Service)

Not Tannat, Dear. I Have an Albariño. Uruguay’s National Red May Soon Be Joined by a National White (The Alcohol Professor)

A NIght Out in Albuquerque with Malachy McCourt, Professional Irishman (Perceptive Travel)

Review: Audley’s Self-Drive Tour through Namibia (TravelAge West)

Under Full Sail in the Canary Islands on the Mega-Yacht Sea Cloud Spirit (Go World Travel)

Save the Rails: America’s Oldest Narrow-Gauge Railroad Is Back from the Brink of Doom—for a Second Time (Saturday Evening Post)

Staying in This Abandoned Company Town Feels Eerily Like an Episode of The Twilight Zone (Fodor’s Travel)

The Remote Island of Madeira, off the Coast of Africa, Is Portugal with a Twist—on a Plate (and in a Glass) (Go World Travel)

These Scenic Train Trips Through West Virginia Have Spectacular Mountain Views and Fine Dining on the Rails (Travel + Leisure)

This Scenic 30-hour Overnight Train Through Turkey Feels Like the Orient Express — but Costs Less Than $40 (Travel + Leisure)

How Chinese Food Became as American as Apple Pie (East-West News Service)

Antarctica: Penguins and Polar Plunges on a Luxury Cruise at the End of the World (Go World Travel)

12 Tips for Your First Cruise to Antarctica (Go World Travel)

Nature, History and Storybook Villages Fill New York’s Hudson River Valley (East-West News Service)

Vienna’s New Offbeat Hotel: Luxury, History, and Monkey Lamps at the Leo Grand (Everett Potter’s Travel Report)

Dreaming of Your Next Caribbean Escape? Sharks and Stingrays Are Waiting at This Private Island Belize Resort (Travel + Leisure)

This Is What It’s Like To Have Dinner with a Count and Countess at Their Castle Deep in the Austrian Alps (Everett Potter’s Travel Report)

Exploring Ecuador on the Yacht Kontiki Wayra (Travel Weekly)

Austria’s Alps Adapt Traditions To Meet the Relentless Advance of Climate Change (East-West News Service)

A Lament for the End of Europe’s Night Trains (Town & Country)

Hunting for Landmines in Cambodia: If You See A Bomb, Don’t Touch It (Matador Network

7 Days on the Mekong: How the Saddest River in Asia Made Me Smile (Fodor’s Travel)

Thundering Herd: The Great Bison Round-up of Custer State Park (Saturday Evening Post)

The Road Through America Has More Cultural Intersections Than Divided Highway (East-West News Service)

9 Reasons Why (European) Georgia Should Be on Your Mind (Jetsetter)

Israel Enters the Wine Business (Hemispheres)

8 Ships That Prove River Cruising Can Be Luxurious (Robb Report)

My Wife Wants A Japanese Bidet (Saturday Evening Post)

Forward with the Onward (Porthole Cruise and Travel)

On a Myanmar River Cruise, a Rare Chance to Interact with Burmese Monks (Condé Nast Traveler)

A 24-Hour Food Tour of Valencia (Frommer’s)

Hidden Midtown Manhattan (AARP)

On the Amazon : Into the Howling Wilderness (Hemispheres)

Once Backpacker Central, Cambodia’s Siem Reap Is Going Upmarket (Sydney Morning Herald)

Was Moses a CIA Agent? (San Diego Reader)

Let’s Have a Drink at Jimmy’s! (Offbeat Travel)

Experiencing the Andaman Sea on a Tall Ship under Full Sail (Maphappy)

St. Maarten/St. Martin Hurricane Update (TravelAge West)

Exploring Baltic Sea Nations on the Viking Jupiter (Travel Weekly)

10 European Night Trains That Recall the Romance of the Rails (Town & Country)

A Madrid Café That Will Make You Fall in Love with Churros and Chocolate (The Daily Meal)

Books by Mark Orwoll

Cross Purposes (Pleasant Villain Press) is a classic thriller about a plot to steal the Shroud of Turin at the beginning of World War II. Brilliant but disgraced history professor Scott Crossman is invited to travel to Los Angeles, and then Europe, to join a group of misfit researchers charged with authenticating—or not—the Shroud. Played out against a background of international intrigue, Cross Purposes leaves the reader breathless—and curious to know more about the controversial relic. If it’s a fake, why has no one proven it so in more than 2,000 years?

John Wayne Speaks: The Ultimate John Wayne Quote Book (St. Martin’s Griffin) was a labor of love for the author, who watched every John Wayne film in consecutive order—twice—in order to select the best quotes from John Wayne’s 50-year film career. The book also includes an introduction to Wayne and his movies, capsule reviews of the actor’s 173 films, and lists of Duke’s finest roles. Brian Downes, executive director of the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, called it, “A virtual Bible of the actor’s most memorable movie lines. This book is a thorough delight.”

e-Travel (Macmillan) was published at the dawn of the modern Internet era, when everyone was still finding their way through the World Wide Web. In 1999, Macmillan launched a series of books (subtitled “SAMS Teach Yourself Today”) on an array of subjects, with guidance on how to learn about the topics on the Web. Macmillan approached Mark Orwoll to write the book on travel, based on “Smart Traveler,” his daily online column for Travel + Leisure. e-Travel was later translated into Hebrew and Greek, but Orwoll never saw an extra nickel in royalties. Hmm.