Literary Tourists are a hard breed to define. I came to literary tourism through the doors of a used bookstore – via the hunt. And yet, book shopping represents just one of many ways in. Many enter through the pages of a novel. They like to visit places that appear in fiction, others to explore landscapes that inspired great poems; some go on pilgrimages to pay homage to their favourite authors, others seek out the book itself and go to rare book libraries and antiquarian bookstores; still others love good theatre and attend live stage performances, while many like to hunt down famous living authors, listen to them read, buy their books and get them signed.
There are lots of ways to be a literary tourist – each typically involves authors and places, imagination and reality. The result is invariably memorable. And that’s what I’m trying to capture here.
Nigel Beale is The Literary Tourist
For the past decade I’ve had the good fortune of travelling around the globe meeting and interviewing all sorts of authors and bibliophiles, visiting interesting literary destinations, and attending lively literary events. I launched Literary Tourist in order to tell others about my adventures.
My hope is to encourage a love of books in people by sharing stories, thoughts and conversations, and by working with local, national and international organizations that share my goals of showcasing, promoting and celebrating book culture in its many exciting incarnations.
The aim of this website is to highlight some of the more entertaining experiences I’ve had over the years with the idea that, in the telling, they will somehow help make your travels a bit more enjoyable.
Nigel Beale promotes book culture and literary destinations around the world. He partners with organizations that do the same. If you’d like to work with him, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I wanted to thank you for your many generous and intelligent words about my new book How Fiction Works (and other stuff)… I get great pleasure from reading your blog.”
Critic, James Wood, The New Yorker.
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Scholar, Dr. Ronan McDonald. Author of The Death of the Critic
“You ask the most brilliant, thoughtful questions, it’s really a pleasure to do an interview where someone actually wants to talk about writing and literature in general.”
Award-winning Novelist Margot Livesey.
“The happy result of all this (the Salon des Refuses experience) from my own perspective was my discovery of the wonderful “Note Bene,” which I added to my “favourites” early in the summer and which I have read – and listened to – with great pleasure ever since.”
Award-winning Novelist Jane Urquhart.
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Litblogger and former Philadelphia Enquirer Books Editor Frank Wilson