Gene Stuart Award, Society for American Archaeology
Outstanding Book Award, Memoir/Autobiography, American Society of Journalists and Authors
Special Jury Mention, Banff Mountain Festival Book Competition
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, Travel Book, Society of American Travel Writers


Julian Smith, a talented travel writer…evokes Grogan, his adventures and his world with both insight and panache…and matchless skill.

— Washington Post

The story is not only a modern-day travelogue, but also a great historical account of a charming trailblazer, and the story of a modern-day relationship.

— Miami Herald

An insightful and often uproarious romp.

— Boston Globe

Smoothly written chronicle that’s part travelogue, part contemporary relationship commentary, and all heart.

— Kirkus Reviews

A perilous saga of commitment and cannibals.

— Publishers Weekly

Both a mission impossible and a mission of love.

Colorful and insightful. (photo gallery)


Media Kit (ZIP file, 614 KB)


  • Headshots (72 and 150 dpi)
  • Brief biography
  • Contact information
  • Crossing the Heart of Africa cover image
  • Crossing the Heart of Africa fact sheet with reviews

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