She Explores Book: Limited Edition Poster

When You Pre-Order at Participating Indie Bookstores

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We love indie booksellers so Chronicle Books has teamed up with twenty stores across the United States to share a special limited edition poster from She Explores!

Starting February 18, when you go to a local, participating bookstore to pre-order She Explores, you will take home a limited-edition poster featuring the beautiful cover photo by Karen Wang.

And–if supporting independent bookstores is important to you–head to IndieBound to see if your local store carries She Explores and order from them, even without the poster. The book will be available everywhere on the 26th of March!

The fine print: This is an in-store-only promotion and available while supplies last. Participating booksellers only, see list below. The book is available at more bookstores than below, this is just related to the limited edition poster.

Participating Booksellers for Poster

California: San Rafael – Copperfield’s Books

Colorado: Denver – Tattered Cover Bookstore

Florida: Tallahassee – Midtown Reader

Georgia: Thomasville – The Bookshelf

Iowa: Iowa City – Prairie Lights

Illinois: Chicago  – Book Cellar

Massachusetts: Great Barrington – Book Loft

Maine: Portland – Print, A Bookstore

Minnesota: St. Paul – Red Balloon Bookstore

Missouri: St. Louis – The Novel Neighbor

New York: Brooklyn – Greenlight Bookstore

Ohio: Cincinnati – Joseph Beth

Pennsylvania: Doylestown – Doylestown Bookshop

Tennessee: Memphis –Novel

Texas: Dallas – Interabang Books; Houston – Blue Willow Bookshop

Utah: Salt Lake City – King’s English Bookshop

Washington: Bellingham – Village Books

Washington, D.C.: Politics & Prose

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The Cover Photo: Backstory from photographer Karen Wang

Karen’t photo is strong, confident and beautiful, but the story behind it is one of making mistakes, learning, and growing.

“I took this in August of 2015 on Vesper Peak [in Washington] during my preparation for the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. This was before I really had any outdoor friends, so I would just go out every weekend by myself to train, test gear and see what my feet felt like with long mileage. I was also a little obsessed about taking photos and generating content for my Instagram. I was still pretty early in my backpacking and even on this trip, I still wasn’t aware about Leave No Trace (LNT), advocacy or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the outdoors.”

Karen was a beginner, building up her strength and her knowledge. She knows much more now and is happy to share her lessons with others.

“In fact, I was so ill-prepared for this one that I barely researched the route and ended up scrambling a sketchy ridge and had to set up camp on nondurable surface as it was getting dark and I saw not a soul out there. I had to pitch my tent as I felt that was the safest decision to make at that moment and did not feel comfortable going further by myself. I took the photo that evening as I barely slept that night on the other side of where I pitched, facing the rock and snow into the moonlight.

“The next morning, I attempted to climb Vesper Peak and failed. Honestly, I didn’t even know if I was on the right route and called it quits to come back down and crawled down on all 4 limbs in order to stay low. It was probably one of the sketchiest trips I’ve done alone.

“I feel like it just goes to show you how much we don’t know in the beginning but have all made mistakes and will continue learning through them. We all mess up and need to be taught in order to respect these places.”

See more of Karen’s photography on her website,

Preorder at select Indie Bookstores and pick up this poster featuring She Explores cover photo by Karen Wang