Planning a Literary Vacation

Booklovers are notorious for routinely working into their vacation plans pilgrimages to local literary sites – local bookstores, if nothing else.

If you’re one of these people, you might want to buy – or borrow from your local public library – a guidebook published last year to literary sites worldwide.

The guide is entitled Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West, by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon (National Geographic Society, 2008). 

According to a review in the June 11, 2008 travel section of USA Today’s website, the guidebook ” lists author houses and museums; festivals and tours; literary lodgings, bars and cafes; and places where ‘the pages of literature come to life.’ Those include Charles Dickens’ London, Victor Hugo’s Paris, Franz Kafka’s Prague, Louisa May Alcott’s Concord, Mass., and John Steinbeck’s Monterey and Salinas, Calif.” Over 500 sites are included.


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