Dunedin: City of Literature


Dunedin? Must be in Scotland, right? Well, actually, wrong. “Dunedin (Māori: Ōtepoti) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago region. Its name however does come from Scotland, from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.” Which is appropriate, given that Edinburgh was the first to be designated a city of literature, in 2004. Here’s a list of all of the cities of literature around the world. As of 2017, 28 cities have been designated as part of the City of Literature programme. If you love literature, it makes sense to put these places on your bucket list.

‘Fat Cat’

This has to be one of my favourite bookstore cats ever. His name is ‘fat cat,’ lives in Plymouth, MA, at the Yankee Book and Art Gallery. As I recall, I bought an early David Godine title there. I’d just interviewed Godine, (listen here) and he’d named some of his more interesting books. This was one of them. Think it was in a slip case. Probably letterpress printed. Hopefully the title will come to me.