Literary Tourist is your source for stories about the world’s best literary destinations, activities, events and experiences. It’s a website that helps book-loving travellers find what they’re looking for.
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
“For the past decade, I’ve had the good fortune of travelling around the world meeting and interviewing book and literary people, visiting literary places, and attending literary events. I launched Literary Tourist to share stories about my adventures, in hopes of entertaining some, and helping and inspiring others to do similar things.
It has evolved into a space where people are now sharing their literary travel stories and ideas with us about the cities they’ve visited and events they’ve attended.
My hope is that more will do so, and that cities around the world will continue to develop and celebrate their literary lives – past and present – showcasing and promoting them to those of us who love books, reading and travel.
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