Thomas Mattson

Tom Mattson grew up in Biwabik, Minn. After receiving his law degree from the University of Minnesota, he spent years — punctuated by sabbaticals for travel — advocating on cases ranging from family law, price-fixing, fires, and explosions, to the death penalty and nuclear bomb cleanup and compensation. Tom has enjoyed a parallel career — an ad hoc one that has its seeds in the Chevy and Greyhound explorations. He’s ridden atop railroad boxcars in California, took the controls of a Peruvian locomotive, crawled through a Bolivian silver mine and was hauled off in a Mexican police car for a Saturday night in the infamous Tijuana jail. He now divides his time between his Minnesota abode near Biwabik on a lake named Lost, his tin-roofed shack in the Guatemala mountains of the Maya people and motorcycling the American and Canadian West — and re-visiting friends in some of the 75 countries he’s experienced. For more information about Tom, you can check out

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The Other Worlds: Offbeat Adventures of a Curious Traveler
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Dudley Court Press
January 2020
ISBN 9781940013633
270 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

A collection of global travel stories and meetings with local people. Countries visited include Cuba, Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Argentina and Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Japan, China, Laos, Vietnam, and England. More/less

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