Frances Mayes has published several works of poetry including Climbing Aconcagua, Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, and Ex Voto. In 1996 she published the book Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy. In 1999, Mayes followed this literary success with another international bestseller, Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, and in 2000 with In Tuscany. Mayes’s first novel, Swan, was published in 2002. Also a food-and-travel writer, Mayes is the editor of The Best American Travel Writing 2002 and the author of A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveler (2006). Her new book will be released in Spring 2014.