Featured Readings, Lectures, Photography: (Partial listing)


  • Reading at the first anniversary of  Weekday WanderlustDiane read about her birthday dinner with Corsican terrorists, a decade-long love affair with a French baron from Brittany and some of her adventures in Afghanistan.



  • Left Coast Writers, Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco. March 14
  • Gallery 333, Sausalito, January 13



  • Paris, Village Voice Bookstore, June 1, “Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010”
  • Central Coast Writers Conference, 3 seminars on Travel Writing, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, September 17-18

Lectures and slide shows:

  • Travels in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon:, Foreign Travel Club and Bay Area Travel Writers, SF.
  • Afghan Youth Association, Davis, California
  • Concord Rotary Club, “Off the Beaten Track: A World Tour of Exotic and Unusual Places” with photographer John Montgomery

Photography exhibitions:

  • Selected Afghan photos. Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow Association, Washington, D.C., UCLA, and UC Berkeley


  • Palermo, Sicily, Italy: talk and slide show on food, wine, and tourism of the San Francisco Bay Area, with photographer John Montgomery at International Tourism, Culture, and Food Conference.


  • “Women of Afghanistan and the World: Stories and Photos from the Road” Odd Monday Series, Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco,


  • Greece: A Love Story: Women Write about the Greek Experience; Cody’s Books, Berkeley; Book Passage, Corte Madera; and Get Lost Books, San Francisco
  • “Images and Stories” from trips to India, Bhutan, and Micronesia, with photographer John Montgomery. Odd Monday Series.
  • 2007 Zagoren Lecturer, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. “Women of Afghanistan and The World: Photos & Stories From the Road.”
  • Travel Writing classes, Books Inc., SF


  • Global Tourism, UC Berkeley, International House.


  • Global Fund for Women, SF, Women in Afghanistan
  • The Fisher Baron’s Secret,” was broadcast on the radio at Traveling Music.
  • “From Mortar Shells to Geraniums: Afghan Women Foment Rebellion. “National Women’s Studies Association, Oakland, California.


  • Turning Adventures into Stories: Life as a Freelance Travel Writer and Photographer. Wild Writing Women Literary Salon Presents: Diane Lebow As Guest Speaker
  • “Escape the Mundane …” Readings on travel erotica.
  • “France, A Love Story, women write about the French experience” readings.