It’s almost Labor Day Weekend and my classes have started so I think this will be the last virtual road trip stop of the summer. Thank you so much to everyone who’s been reading along or writing posts themselves. Virtually we’ve been up and down the California coast, to the home of Anne of Green Gables, through Chicago, and even to Edinburgh. For the last stop I thought I’d pick New York City, where I moved about a week and a half ago. There are an unending number of literarily significant places in this city, but here are a few favorites of mine mixed with spots I hope to visit soon.
When Alison asked me if was interested in contributing to her virtual literary road trip with a post featuring Prince Edward Island – I was over the moon. You see, I grew up just an hour away from the island of red shores and home to the magic of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables, and while it’s not summer without a visit to the Island — it’s been ages since I’ve done the Anne of Green Gables experience. Continue reading “Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 8: Prince Edward Island”
My home town Annapolis is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Washington D.C. Actually it’s a short drive and short metro ride, but you get the point. It’s close. In preparation for moving to New York I’ve visited our nation’s capitol twice this week to do some of my favorite things (and see some of my favorite people) in the city. For the next installment of our literary road trip, I thought I’d share some of the best bookish spots! Continue reading “Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 7: Washington DC”
Taking us on our next virtual stop on the blog’s literary road trip is one of my long time favorite bloggers L. Marie. I’m super excited she’s going to be breaking down the different bookish hot spots around Chicago, since one of my best friends lives in the city. Also, I can definitely echo L. Marie’s suggestions to hit up Gino’s East for deep dish and grab some Garrett’s Popcorn. So delicious! Here is L. Marie:
Hi. I’m L. Marie. My blog is El Space: The Blog of L. Marie. I was born in Chicago, which boasts such illustrious writers as Blue Balliett, Audrey Niffenegger, Sara Paretsky, Lorraine Hansberry, Samuel Park, Carol Brendler, Studs Terkel, Leon Forrest, Luis Alberto Urrea, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others. Some weren’t born in Chicago, but they made Chicago their home. The Chicagoland area is well-known for books. Check out the Printers Row Lit Festival, which happens in June (so you just missed it!).
There is so much to see and do in this area. But since this post is about books, let’s get to those! Continue reading “Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 5: The Chicagoland Area”
Now that we’ve hit lots of literary spots in California, our road trip is taking a big departure and heading to the United Kingdom where Stefani from Caught Read Handed is going to give us some advice for traveling around Edinburgh. Without further ado, here’s Stefani:
When Alison emailed me about doing a post for her virtual literary road trip, I immediately started missing Edinburgh. I knew that I had to write about that city. It’s my favorite city in the world and it’s FULL of literary history. Continue reading “Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 3: Edinburgh”
Hi friends. If you have an extra day or so going between Los Angeles and Northern California you definitely should drive up route one (most beautiful high way in the world) and take a look at literary landmarks around Central California. I might be biased because I lived in Big Sur for almost nine months last year, but it really is a beautiful and inspirational place to be. Don’t just take my word for it. Authors like Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti agree. Here are some don’t-miss literary spots along the way through this beautiful coast line. Continue reading “Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 1 1/2: Big Sur, Carmel, & Monterey”
Hi everyone! My name’s Alyssa, but you can call me Book Club Babe. I live in the California Bay Area, and you can read my blog at bookclubbabe.net and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google Plus.
If you’re traveling through Northern California on a literary road trip, it’s imperative that you stop at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Learn about one of California’s most renowned authors right in his hometown. 2014 is an especially important year, as it marks the 75th anniversary of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Continue reading “Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop Two: Northern California”
Since I went to LA last week to visit my sister, I thought I would start the blog’s virtual summer road trip there. You might think Los Angeles is all about the movies, but there is plenty of literary culture and history to experience. Many novelists like Raymond Chandler, Bret Easton Ellis, Evelyn Waugh, Bukowski, and Ray Bradbury lived and/or set novels in LA. And many literary greats like Fitzgerald, Huxley, Tennessee Williams, and Faulkner moved to the city to work for Hollywood later in their careers. Also there isn’t a better place to buy a fish taco … which can be a nice snack when you need a reading break. Continue reading “Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop One: Los Angeles”