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$55.00 U.S. (trade discount)
280 pages with 228 color photographs by the authors,
18 line-art maps, and 1 full-spread map = 247
12.0" x 10.0" landscape
ISBN: 978–1–938086–93–9

Published August 2022

Distributed by Casemate/IPM

Published in association with the
Center for the Study of Place.

About the Authors

Book Events and Exhibitions
Friday, December 29, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Exhibition opening reception
December 2023 - February 2024
"William Frej – Rock Art of the Greater Southwest"
Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Friday, October 7, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Exhibition opening reception
Saturday, October 8, from 1- 3 p.m.
Friday, October 7 – November 8, 2022
Exhibition: "Travels Across the Roof of the World: A Himalayan Memoir" by William and Anne Frej
Peyton Wright Gallery, 237 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM

Book Information Sheet (pdf)

Article with photographs about the book in Blind Magazine 2023

Summer Reading List (Ralph Lauren Magazine, 2023)

USAToday 2022 Holiday Shopping Guide page 3

Anne and William Frej at the 2023 New Mexico Book Association Gala in Santa Fe, NM

Travels across the Roof of the World: A Himalayan Memoir
by William Frej with Anne Frej
with a foreword by Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison
and an essay by Edwin Bernbaum

A gorgeously illustrated, unforgettable account of the authors' twenty journeys, spanning forty years, through the Himalayas and through many areas now closed to foreigners.

Winner of the Silver Medal for Travel Books from the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation

Winner, Best Coffeetable Book, 2023 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

Honorable Mention in Books/Nature from the International Photography Awards 2023

Winner of the Best-in-Show Award, Winner in Art and Photography, Winner for the best Memoir, 2023 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards

Winner of the Silver Medal 2023 Prix de la Photographie de Paris

Winner of 2023 Silver Medal IPPY Award for Best Coffee Table Book and a Bronze Medal for Best Travel Book

Finalist in the 2023 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards (SWBDA)

2023 International Book Awards for Photography/Coffee Table Books and Travel: Guides and Essays

2023 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist in the Coffee Table/Photography category

2022 INDIES Gold Medal Winner for Travel and Gold Medal Winner for Coffee Table Books

tifa2022 Silver Medal for Books, Tokyo International Foto Awards

2022 BIFA Silver Winner in Nature Category (Budapest International Foto Awards)

Travels Across the Roof of the World provides a sweeping yet intimate view of the breathtaking peaks, splendid valleys, and extraordinary people of this vast region, from the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan through Afghanistan's fabled Hindu Kush, the Karakoram in Pakistan, and the Great Himalaya Range that stretches across northern India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

Unique in scope among photo books on the Himalaya, Travels Across the Roof of the World chronicles William and Anne Frej's more than twenty pilgrimages throughout the area, spanning forty years and 3,000 miles through some of the world's most remote and difficult-to-reach country. Inspired by the devotion to Tibetan Buddhism of the villagers whom they met on their first trek to Nepal in 1981, the Frejs set out on an epic quest to document Asia's highest peaks as well as the lives of the resilient people living in these remote mountain communities.

When they began, trekkers from the West through these regions were few. Even now, trips are demanding––but not nearly as harsh as the daily lives of the residents, who continue to exist in a kind of stunning isolation that has allowed them to maintain rich cultural traditions and spiritual practices that have sustained them over many centuries. Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison's foreword provides an intimate, human perspective on the people of the area while Edwin Bernbaum's essay adds to the depth of the pictures, with his focus on the symbolism, religious importance, and associated legends of these sacred places. The authors also share extensive encounters about the places they saw and how they have changed over time.

Press Release 9/2022 from Peyton Wright Gallery




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