THE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN—Jessica Nabongo book launch celebration

Join independent New Orleans bookstore Octavia Books at Four Seasons Hotel with travel expert and photographer Jessica Nabongo to celebrate the launch of her new book, THE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World. Jessica will share the stories of her adventures and the insights to inspire your next trip. A book signing will follow! To attend, please purchase your ticket now!

Each ticket admits one and will be exchanged for one copy of THE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN to be signed by Jessica Nabongo during the program.

In this inspiring travelogue, celebrated traveler and photographer Jessica Nabongo—the first Black woman on record to visit all 195 countries in the world—shares her journey around the globe with fascinating stories of adventure, culture, travel musts, and human connections.

It was a daunting task, but Jessica Nabongo, the beloved voice behind the popular website The Catch Me if You Can, made it happen, completing her journey to all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world in October 2019. Now, in this one-of-a-kind memoir, she reveals her top 100 destinations from her global adventure.

Beautifully illustrated with many of Nabongo's own photographs, the book documents her remarkable experiences in each country, including:

  • A harrowing scooter accident in Nauru, the world’s least visited country,
  • Seeing the life and community swarming around the Hazrat Ali Mazar mosque in Afghanistan,
  • Horseback riding and learning to lasso with Black cowboys in Oklahoma,
  • Playing dominoes with men on the streets of Havana,
  • Learning to make traditional takoyaki (octopus balls) from locals in Japan,
  • Dog sledding in Norway and swimming with humpback whales in Tonga,
  • A late night adventure with strangers to cross a border in Guinea Bissau,
  • And sunbathing on the sandy shores of Los Roques in Venezuela.

Along with beloved destinations like Peru and South Africa, you'll also find tales from far-flung corners and seldom visited destinations, including Tuvalu, North Korea, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. Nabongo's stories are love letters to diversity, beauty, and culture—and most of all, to the people she meets along the way. Throughout, she offers bucket-list experiences for other travel-lovers looking to follow in her footsteps.

Jessica Nabongo is a global citizen who is a master storyteller, travel expert and sought after brand ambassador. She is the first black woman to have traveled to every country in the world. Named one of the 50 Most Notable People in Travel, by Travel and Leisure, Jessica uses her platforms to educate and inspire others to travel and experience the world around them, with an emphasis on bringing untold stories to the world, whether in books, interviews or social media. Her first book, The Catch Me If You Can, published by National Geographic, is out on June 14th, 2022.


Event date: 

Saturday, July 2, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

Four Seasons New Orleans - 2 Canal Street - New Orleans, LA 70130
The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426222269
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic - June 14th, 2022

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