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Anatomy of a Travel Memoirist…

David JedeikinFrom his earliest memories, David Jedeikin possessed an unquenchable thirst for world travel and — once he could read, of course — for well-crafted writing.

A native of Montreal, Canada, when he was four his family decamped for a three-year stint to the Mediterranean shores of suburban Tel Aviv and proceeded to road-trip it across the region — through the fertile Jordan Valley, the arid Dead Sea — even through the Gaza Strip before it became a war zone. The family then made forays to Amsterdam, London, and — on return to North America — all over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. In his youth he traveled vicariously to worlds beyond our own, devouring works by Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Ursula Le Guin, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley. Today, he counts writers of travel, philosophy, and modern life such as Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Douglas Coupland, and Alain de Botton among his major influences.

Over the course of his adult life Jedeikin has lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lansing, Michigan, Chicago, and Boston… a nomad even before his world journey. During this time he managed to co-edit a start-up Internet magazine; serve as assistant editor on a Canadian-French-Mexican made-for-TV production of Tarzan; and carve out a successful niche in San Francisco’s burgeoning technology industry. Wander the Rainbow, his first book, grew out of a blog chronicling his round-the-world trip. For the moment, Jedeikin has laid down roots in San Francisco, where he works as a software engineer… but the lure of further travel is never far from his mind.