About Terri

SmithTerriTerri Peterson Smith is an award-winning Minneapolis-area journalist, photographer and author.  She specializes in travel and food writing but has written about an incredible array of subjects and people, from dismantling bombs in the former Soviet Union and making electricity from microbes, to Broadway shows, mice, potential cures for cancer and what to eat at the Daytona 500.

Her work has been featured in USA Today, Live Happy, Acura Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Continental, National Geographic Green Guide, Scientific American.com and many others.

Terri’s book, Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways and this blog were inspired by her voracious reading habit, love of travel, and literary field trips with her book clubs. She also explores the great food and great neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul in her book Unique Eats and Eateries of the Twin Cities. 

She received a BA in history and journalism from the University of Michigan and an MA in journalism from Indiana University. Born and raised in Michigan, she currently lives in Edina, MN (near Minneapolis) with her trophy husband and a big dog.

Click on Follow Blog via Email in the column to the left to receive an email subscription.  If you have questions about literary travel, ideas for book clubs, or want to share your own literary travel experiences, contact Terri by commenting on this blog or by email: tsmith952@comcast.net


11 thoughts on “About Terri”

  1. First I visited Lahaina, Maui. Then I found this fabulous book, “Love Finds You in Lahaina” by Bodie Thoene.Here is my review on Goodreads: Loved, loved, loved this very well written and romantic book. Set mostly on Maui, we identify with Princess Kaiulani of the Hawaiian royalty who in the late 1800s travels to England to be educated and returns to her homeland where the annexation by the U.S. has sadly occurred. The story running simultaneously is about a young woman named Sandi who is on Maui in the 1970s researching the Princess and also coming to terms with her own life. Both stories are woven together in a very interesting way. Although there is heart ache in the book there is also friendship, laughter, love and triumph. Not your typical romance, I enjoyed thinking of warmer climes while snuggled up with this very good book!

    1. OOOOH. Thanks for the tip. Not going there soon, so I’ll just have to use my imagination when I read it here in the snow. Another popular Hawaii book which I’m sure you know about is Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. Not such a happy book, but interesting.

  2. Love your blog – so entertaining and thoughtful, as well as different from all others. Keep reading, writing, and sharing all with us – we love taking the journey with you!

  3. Terri, the idea behind your blog is fantastic! I am definitely going to have fun reading your past articles and following along on your new journeys!

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