Hollis author to give lectures, book signings

Robert Louis DeMayo, of Hollis, will be lecturing and signing books at two libraries and talking with several classes at Hollis Brookline High School during the second week of November.

His latest novel, “The Wayward Traveler,” is a memoir-based account of a young man who goes abroad and runs out of money and only gets by after creating a list of “Rules for Survival.” The 600-page novel begins and ends in Hollis, spans a decade (1985-94) and takes place in 40 countries.

DeMayo also will discuss his next novel, due out Sunday, Dec. 14, about a young man who disappeared in the Utah wilderness in 1934.

DeMayo will be at the Townsend (Mass.) Public Library from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, and the Hollis Social Library from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

DeMayo took up writing at age 20, when he left his job as a biomedical engineer to explore the world. Over the coming years, he traveled to every corner of the globe, experiencing about 100 countries. He is a member of the Explorers Club and the Archaeological Institute of America.

During DeMayo’s travels, he worked extensively for the travel section of The Telegraph. For three years, he worked as marketing director for Eos, a company that served as a travel office for six nonprofit organizations and offered dives to the Titanic and the Bismarck, Antarctic voyages, African safaris and archaeological tours throughout the world. After this, DeMayo worked for three years as a tour guide in Alaska during the summers and as a Jeep guide in Sedona, Ariz., during the winter.

DeMayo is the author of “The Making of Theodore Roosevelt,” a fictionalized account of Roosevelt’s acquaintance with wilderness living; “The Light Behind Blue Circles,” a mystery thriller set in Africa; “The Cave Where the Water Always Drips,” an adventure tale set in modern and colonial times of the Southwest; and “Random Thoughts from the Road,” a collection of poetry and prose.

His most recent novel, “The Wayward Traveler,” won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

DeMayo resides in Hollis and Sedona with his wife, Diana, and three daughters, Tavish Lee, Saydrin Scout and Martika Louise.