The Wander Society — By Keri Smith

verb \ˈwän-dər\
to walk/explore/amble in an unplanned or aimless way with a complete openness to the unknown

Several years ago when Keri Smith, bestselling author of Wreck This Journal, discovered cryptic handwritten notations in a worn copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, her interest was piqued. Little did she know at the time that those simple markings would become the basis of a years-long, life-changing exploration into a mysterious group known only as The Wander Society, as well as the subject of this book.

Within the pages of The Wander Society, you’ll find the results of Smith’s research: A guide to the Wander Society, a secretive group that holds up the act of wandering, or unplanned exploring, as a way of life.

You’ll learn about the group’s mysterious origins, meet fellow wanderers through time, discover how wandering feeds the creative mind, and learn how to best practice the art of wandering, should you choose to accept the mission.

Membership will require you to conduct research on your immediate environment and complete a variety of assignments designed to creatively disrupt everyday life. The Wander Society method is based on the concept of experiencing unplanned time.

It explores the subversive power of wandering both literally and metaphorically, counseling readers in the format of a manifesto on how to promote openness and connectivity by embarking on unscheduled journeys without destinations or expectations. 

The Wander Society offers an eclectic assortment of assignments and writings intended to creatively disrupt the everyday lives of readers.

That is all you need to know for now; All else will be revealed in time...


  • Condition: New
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Published: March 29, 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
  • ISBN-13: 9780143108368
  • Pages: 176
  • Dimensions: 7.25" in. H x 1"in. D x 5.5" in. W
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 Keri Smith The Wander Society


Keri Smith is a best-selling author, illustrator, and thinker. In addition to The Wander Society, her books include Wreck This Journal, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World of…, as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children.



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