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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Candace Bushnell

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Media Services on

Candace Bushnell has a new contingent of fans, thanks to a pair of young adult novels that are prequels to her best seller "Sex and the City." "The Carrie Diaries" and "Summer and the City" introduce readers to a teenage Carrie Bradshaw years before she became a famous Manhattan sex columnist. The CW is creating a series based on "The Carrie Diaries" that will air later this year.

Born in Connecticut, the 53-year-old author resides in her beloved New York City, which she describes as a unique entity. Still, no one has to twist her arm to take a trip across the world.

"I really enjoy being home, but I don't ever get tired of seeing new places either," she says. "I know it's such a cliche, but getting the opportunity to travel all over the world and see how people live has always been one of my favorite things. I know that some people hate traveling, but I don't really get that."

Bushnell's other books include "One Fifth Avenue," "Lipstick Jungle" and "Four Blondes." For more info, check out her website at

Q. What cities compare favorably to New York City?

A. I love Chicago. I lived there briefly for three months and kept a boat under one of those space-age buildings. It was very Jetsons.


Q. Which destinations were so memorable that you had to include them in your books?

A. Certainly the South of France. I've been to India twice, so I'll include India. I love Australia and New Zealand, but haven't managed to put any characters there yet.

Q. You've traveled so much in your career. If you were to write a travel book, what would be its title and on what would you focus?

A. It would be called "Airports." It would be a guide to fun things to do when you're stuck at an airport for 18 hours. One chapter would be called, "How to Shanghai a Motorized Cart."


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