As the poet Emily Dickinson once wrote, “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” While beloved authors act as tour guides for our imaginations, there’s something to be said for travel beyond the page. Visiting a favorite writer’s haunts and inspirations can enrich the reading experience for young and old alike, so put a bookmark in your current bestseller and join us at the November 9 #TMOM Twitter party, when we’re reviewing our favorite literary locales.
Once upon a time – way back before I had my license – the only way I had to “get away” from my too familiar home town was to read. I may have been stuck in Anytown, New Jersey, but through the pages of my favorite books, I was transported to the woods around Thoreau’s Walden Pond, the South Dakota prairie homestead of Laura Ingall’s childhood, and streets of London, where Mary Poppins fed the birds while chimney sweep Bert drew fantastic chalk drawings on the sidewalk.
I never left the confines of my bedroom, and yet the words whisked me away. And as soon as I received that aforementioned license, I drove off, determined to see the places I had read about, places I’d never seen before but somehow felt I knew.
Many travelers are inspired in the same way. Fans of John Steinbeck flock to Monterey, California, the setting for two of his most famous novels, Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat. France has more than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. It’s also the site of Victor Hugo’s masterpieces, Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And let’s not forget New York….my daughter insisted on stopping by the Plaza. After all, she was brought up on Eloise.
Books as old as the Bible, as timeless as Harry Potter, and as moving as Eat, Pray, Love have inspired all sorts of related tours. And it’s not just the books themselves. Beloved authors and their inspirations have all become stops on the literary backroads…..from the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, to the Stanley Hotel , which inspired Stephen King’s The Shining, and even to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, filled with bronze statues of the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and the Grinch.
Ready to open the world like a book, and “read” it cover to cover? Then join us on Monday, November 9, and share your favorite literary locations – and your tips for making the most of literary travel. Go one step beyond the word on the page – and bring literature to life for your family!
WHAT: #TMOM Twitter Party – Literary Travel
WHEN: November 9, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)
HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM hashtag
SPREAD THE WORD: TWEET – Let your favorite book guide your next chapter in travel. Join #TMOM Monday 11/9 9pm ET, when we’re talking about literary travel.
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