UW-Manitowoc Regional Writers Series Features Alumnus

By UW-Manitowoc

As part of its Regional Writers Series, the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc invites the public to attend a presentation by award-winning travel writer Michael Joseph Oswald on Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. The free program will take place in the campus library located on the second floor of Founders Hall.

Oswald standing by Grand Canyon

Oswald’s work has garnered considerable praise. OnWisconsin Magazine said “Your Guide to the National Parks: The complete Guide to All 58 National Parks is quite frankly, amazing.” It received the National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for the best Adventure Guidebook, the Ben Franklin Award, the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and was runner-up for the Bill Fisher Award. 

The book provides step-by-step itineraries; kid-friendly activities; all of the most popular ranger programs; and thousands of hotels, restaurants, and attractions beyond the parks. Exhaustive activity information, including hiking tables, easy-to-find trailhead markers, outfitter details, and backpacking essentials are also included.

A Manitowoc native, Oswald began his college career at UW-Manitowoc and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2003 with degrees in electrical engineering and chemistry. When he started exploring parks, his primary goal was to commune with nature. During that process, he soon realized most visitors only went as far as their cars and there wasn’t a comprehensive guidebook on the market to tell them otherwise. He hopes his guide will help people appreciate the true magnificence of the parks.

“Your Guide to the National Parks” is published by Oswald’s own publishing company, Stone Road Press (stoneroadpress.com). He is working on his next project while continuing to promote his guide.


Peggy Turnbull