"Quest for self: Saturnalia author Justin Chapman recounts his adventures in Africa Tuesday at Vroman’s Bookstore"
By Carl Kozlowski
Pasadena Weekly
1/08/2015



"On the ground in Africa"
By Dick Price & Sharon Kyle
LA Progressive
1/07/2015



"Intertwined narratives tell of adventures in Africa while also detailing internal struggles"
By Jeff Fleischer
Foreword Reviews
1/16/2015



"Swimming with words: Pasadena Central Library hosts Author’s Fair Saturday"
By Ellen Snortland
Pasadena Weekly
2/19/2015



"Lessons learned in wild Africa"
By Sammy Wu
Pasadena City College Courier
2/26/2015




"Pasadena Public Library hosts annual Author Fair"
By Sammy Wu
Pasadena City College Courier
3/18/2015

Here's what people are saying about Saturnalia:

“The best and most arresting travel books are the ones that also take us on the author’s inner journey. Justin Chapman’s memoir is a perfect metaphor for contemporary American youth, painfully trying to work through its own baggage, and openly and sincerely seeking to engage with the world beyond the USA’s established physical and cultural borders. Don’t miss this one.”
Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, Skagboys, and A Decent Ride

Saturnalia does a nice job capturing the angst of a young writer trying to experience a different life while struggling to avoid the pull of his old one. Whether emotionally affected by a Rwandan genocide memorial or physically impacted by a sudden car crash in Zimbabwe, Chapman comes away from his African journey with some interesting stories, and he shares them in an open and often engaging manner.”
Jeff Fleischer, Foreword Reviews

“Chapman, my colleague at the Pasadena Weekly, writes about his journey from Cape Town, South Africa, to Uganda in his newly released Saturnalia. It is an emotional, geographical, and spiritual journey that is hair-raising and hysterical, sometimes within the same paragraph. As someone who loves travel and personal transformation, Saturnalia hits both those notes big time. I have often said that if I had a magic wand, I'd send every person I could on a trip to a world that has virtually nothing compared to what we have here in the states. Mr. Chapman uses his trips to soul search and to continent search too. I love his clear and compelling prose and most of all, I love his wit and wisdom and big streak of smart-assery. If that's not a word, it should be. Chapman is a smart ass with a smart brain and smart heart.”
Ellen Snortland, author of Beauty Bites Beast and The Safety Godmothers

“Chapman’s vivid prose turns every paragraph into a photograph of a strange, dangerous but alluring land. As his characters indulge themselves with sometimes reckless abandon, the author communicates a sense of adventure for adventure’s sake and draws the reader into riding along without hesitation.”
Joe Piasecki, editor of The Argonaut and former LA Times reporter

Saturnalia is a fast-paced, dark, funny, insightful, and harrowing trip through Africa. The author has a journalist's eye for detail--complete with all the sights, sounds and smells of the land. It's both the Africa you wanted to know and the Africa you were afraid to know. Yet, as with all great travel narratives, the journey isn't only about what the author encounters in the physical world. Chapman must face his own inner demons as well. It's not always pretty, but it's honest, brutally honest. A great read and one that will stay with you for quite a while.”
Timothy Burgess, author of The Never-Ending Swell: A Liam Sol Mystery

Saturnalia...is both a fascinating travelogue of [Chapman's] three-month tour through Africa, and is especially a journey of self-healing and self-discovery. Saturnalia is a fascinating internal journey for a young American finding himself and his purpose by traveling through the heart of Africa, using buses and trains and taxis and his feet, just the Africans around him do. My wife and I read it to each other and had an enjoyable three or four evenings doing it.”
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle, publishers/editors of LA Progressive

“The book is engaging for its unusual sights—soccer games, organized and impromptu; witchcraft rituals; death, both human and animal; and even pygmies—as well as Chapman’s self-deprecating, blustery, often funny voice. Guys on the run from the regular may find some inspiration here.”
Eloise Kinney, Booklist