Vivid Memoir Explores the Seductive Allure of an African Wildlife Safari

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Endangered Liaisons, a coffee-table book by Don Shay, draws upon twenty years of African travel to take readers on the ultimate wildlife safari.

Twenty years ago, writer-photographer Don Shay embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience that would prove to be anything but. Armed with two new cameras and a carry-on packed with film, he set forth on a photographic safari to Africa. In his vibrant new memoir "Endangered Liaisons" (ISBN 9780615213453, Alarus Press, 2008), Shay shares, in words and photos, his passion for the wild animals and wild places he found there, examining the seductive allure that had him returning again and again to the African continent to delve deeply into its wilderness regions and game reserves.

Shay has visited nine countries and cumulatively spent more than nine months on safari, having traveled throughout Africa in two- to four-week increments as a tourist, over a span of two decades. The 320-page, lavish coffee-table book features the best of his wildlife photographs, as well as colorful reminiscences and insights into the safari experience.

"Most Africa coffee-table books are primarily photography books," Shay notes. "Those with any measure of text are usually written, not by the photographer, but by some learned authority who may do an excellent job of imparting information, but often in a dry, academic manner. I wanted this book to be different. And while there are many photos - 238 of them culled from the thousands I have taken over the years - text-wise, my principal goal was to evoke the safari experience in an informative and entertaining manner. I wanted reading this book to be the next best thing to being on safari - something that would resonate with people who have been to Africa and with those who have not."

For additional information on "Endangered Liaisons" (ISBN 9780615213453, Alarus Press, 2008) visit: The book can be purchased at that website and through Amazon, or by calling toll free 1-866-539-7428. The author is available for interviews.

About the Author:
Don Shay resides in Riverside, California, and is the founder and publisher of "Cinefex," a quarterly magazine on movie special effects that has enjoyed a worldwide readership for nearly 30 years. He has written extensively on motion picture technology for that publication and others. His book, "The Making of Jurassic Park," co-authored with Jody Duncan, topped The New York Times best-seller list for several weeks in 1993.

Estelle Shay
Alarus Press
Phone: 951-788-9828


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