About

Literary Tourist is your source for stories about the world’s most interesting literary destinations, activities, events and experiences. It’s a website that helps book-loving travellers to connect with the world of books.

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.

In short, there are lots of ways to be a literary tourist –  each involves authors and places, imagination and reality. The result is invariably memorable. And that’s what we’re 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 world-famous authors and bibliophiles, visiting literary destinations, and attending literary events. I launched Literary Tourist to share stories about my adventures.

My hope is to encourage a love of books in people, by working with local, national and international organizations that share my goals of showcasing, promoting and celebrating book culture in its many exciting incarnations.”

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, email notabenebeale@gmail.com today.

Unsolicited Feedback

“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. 

“You can find very bad writing and sloppy impressionism in literary blogs, but also incisive, fresh, thoughtful criticism from voices unencumbered by the politics of Grub St”. I would put your blog in the latter category, which is why I’m responding here… Congratulations on a very fine blog.” 

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

“I spent a bit of time last night perusing, as I often do, Nigel Beale’s Nota Bene. My suggestion is that you do the same. It is truly a remarkable site.”

Litblogger and former Philadelphia Enquirer Books Editor Frank Wilson