Mag Dimond Wins Benjamin Franklin Award™ for the Book Cover of BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, TALES OF A TRAVEL JUNKIE

Mag Dimond Wins Benjamin Franklin Award™ for the Book Cover of BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, TALES OF A TRAVEL JUNKIE

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San Francisco, California – May 11, 2020 – Mag Dimond Is A Winner of the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ for the Book Cover of BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, TALES OF A TRAVEL JUNKIE

Mag Dimond just won an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ (Cover Design: Small Format, Nonfiction) for BOWING TO ELEPHANTS. The Award is one of the highest honors for independent publishers in the US.

Chip Kidd, renowned Penguin Random House book cover designer says, “A book cover is a distillation. It is a haiku of the story.” Anne Rice, author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES (and more), speaks of the power and importance of book covers “What is written beneath this heavy handsome book cover will count, so sayeth this cover.”

This is a book that is certainly worthy of its award-winning cover. While some travel for the wisdom & transformation that only the journey can provide, armchair travelers use books to wander, discover, and feel part of the larger world, especially at this time of social distancing.

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Whether on the road or in the comfort of home, readers will be delighted by Mag Dimond’s book, BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, TALES OF A TRAVEL JUNKIE. In the tradition of the greatest memoirists, readers enjoy an epic, global, and delicious adventure that has been compared to Elizabeth Gilbert’s EAT, PRAY, LOVE.

Readers will be inspired by this journey of self-discovery, healing, and forgiveness… as they encounter strange lands, tantalizing foods, and mesmerizing characters (including a 14,000 lb. African elephant).


Mag Dimond is the award-winning author of BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, Tales of a Travel Junkie (which hit #1 in 5 countries on the day it launched, won a Best Indie Biographies & Memoirs from Kirkus, and just received the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for its cover.

Her first book (in her 70s) BOWING TO ELEPHANTS has been compared to EAT, PRAY, LOVE in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the mindfulness space, including Jack Kornfield. It’s full of stories of her travels around the world, self-discovery, healing, food, and so much more.

Mag has been a world traveler since age 11… living with her mother in Italy for 3 years. She has traveled extensively in Europe and the US, as well as Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Galapagos, Guatemala, India, Japan, Kenya, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam. Mag’s essays are on Elephant Journal (being read by almost 2 million people).

More of Dimond’s accolades include the American Literary Review, Travelers Tales Solas Awards, the Tulip Tree Awards, and the William Faulkner Wisdom Awards.

Mag is available for readings, signings, podcasts, conferences, panel discussions, writing retreats, community events, television, radio, and media appearances. Visit

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