Lee Foster


Lee Foster, born in 1943, grew up in a Minnesota of fishing for black bass, playing baseball, and hunting for ring-necked pheasants. He was the son of a factory owner in Mankato, a small city of 30,000. He took an under¬graduate degree in Great Books at the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree in English-American Literature at Stanford University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. After these years of reading, some travel in Europe, and an increasing interest in photog-raphy, he began his own books of fiction and nonfiction. His main attention in recent decades has been travel writ-ing/photography. He now lives in Berkeley, California.

His range of travel journalism can be seen on his Foster Travel Publishing website at http://www.fostertravel.com. He has been active in developing travel articles, photos, books, ebooks, apps, websites, and now audiobooks. Some of his work has been with traditional publishers; other efforts have been as an independent publisher. Over the years, Lee has published travel writing/photography in almost all the leading U.S. travel magazines and newspapers. His book partnerships include the use of his travel photos in more than 300 Lonely Planet books. His main personal books/ebooks are listed on his website at


His recent works currently available include:


Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Centu-ry (book, ebook, a re-publication on his 1970 book Just 25 Cents and Three Wheaties Boxtops)


Three Sutro Media travel apps: San Francisco Travel and Pho-to Guide, Berkeley Essential Guide, and Washington DC Travel and Photo Guide

Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time (audiobook in 2014, book from 2005, ebook from 2013)


Northern California Travel: The Best Options (book, ebook, website)

Back Roads California (publisher Dorling Kindersley, co-author, book)


The Photographer’s Guide to San Francisco (publisher Coun-tryman Press, book, ebook)

The Photographer’s Guide to Washington DC (publisher Coun-tryman Press, co-author, book, ebook)


Northern California History Weekends (publisher Globe Pe-quot, book)

Where to find Lee Foster online

Where to buy in print


SF Travel & Photo Guide: The Top 100 Travel Experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,820. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
What are the Top 100 Travel Experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area? Award-winning travel journalist Lee Foster, a local, provides the answers, assisting you to make wise use of valuable exploration time. What are the best things to see and do? Foster selects the most interesting subjects in 10 areas of San Francisco, such as Fisherman's Wharf or Golden Gate Park, plus beyond in the Bay Area.
An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,160. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Playwriting, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Lee Foster has published a new book about the self-publishing movement. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to doing four books “independently” published or “indie?” Why does he now recommend this path for most authors? The book describes Lee’s advice on the publishing of printed books (print-on-demand), ebooks, books-as-websites, apps, and audiobooks.
Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,740. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Essay » Author profile
What is it like growing up in America? The answer depends partly on the time and place. More specifically, what was it like growing up in a mid-America Minnesota around mid-20th century? This book provides an answer to the question.

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