US Author Russell Banks: “Jamaica Is Where I Learned to Love a People Other than My Own”

Russell Banks has written 18 works of fiction and now has published a new collection of travel writing. Banks has been traveling for more than 50 years and visited places from the Florida Everglades to the high Himalayas. At 76, the American author has collected the jottings and notes he made during late nights on the road and compiled them as ten essays in “Voyager,” a book that covers considerable personal and geographical ground. Banks notes the difference between a voyager and a traveler is that voyagers tend to be running toward something, while travelers tend to be running away from something. In one of his essays, Banks writes, “In returning to Jamaica I was going back to where I first learned…to love a people and a place other than my own. It was where my imagination first revealed itself to me.”