May 092017

Novel Destinations,  2nd Edition

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: National Geographic; 2 edition (May 2, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426217803
ISBN-13: 978-1426217807

Follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Jane Austen, and many more. For vacationers who crave meaningful trips and unusual locales, cue National Geographic’s Novel Destinations—a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. Check into Hemingway’s favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or stroll about Bath’s Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy. The fully revised second edition includes all of the previous sites—with updated locations—plus color images and an expanded section on all things Brontë. The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums, literary festivals and walking tours. Then, in-depth explorations of authors and places take readers roaming Franz Kafka’s Prague, James Joyce’s Dublin, Louisa May Alcott’s New England, and other locales. Peppered with great reading suggestions and little-known tales of literary gossip, Novel Destinations is a unique travel guide, an attractive gift book, and the ultimate bibliophile’s delight.

What I Thought
Like Novel Destinations #1, I loved this book. Included in the book are
Read ‘Em And See: Author Houses And Museums
Novel Dispatches: Writers At Home And Abroad
Literary Festivals, Tours, And More
Booked Up: Literary Places To Drink, Kine, And Doze
Journey Between The Pages

Two of the sections that I wold love to check out in person are Booked Up and Literary Festivals, Tours, And More. There are quite a few places near enough to me that I could visit, and one of the places I really want to check out is Hemmingway Days in Key West, Florida. It’s held annually in July.

How cool would it be to take a trip to all of your favorite literary destinations? This book, as well as the first one, are a book/travel lovers dream. I will keep both books where I can pull them off the shelf from time to time and check out all the places I’d love to go. Who knows, maybe I’ll actually get to see a few of them in person.

About The Author
Shannon McKenna Schmidt is also the co-author with Joni Rendon of Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads. After traveling full-time in the U.S. and abroad for seven years, she is once again living in Hoboken, New Jersey. For literary travel news and tales from the road, visit




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  9 Responses to “Book Review:
Novel Destination 2nd Edition”

  1. What a neat book! You always give me good suggestions for books and I will certainly be putting that on my library list!

  2. I’d love to take a trip like that!

  3. I loved Novel Destinations… need to check out this new edition!

  4. What a good idea for a book. Adding it to my wish list.

  5. Thanks so much for your kind words about Novel Destinations! I’ve been to Key West three times, visiting the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum each time, but have yet to attend the Hemingway Days festival. That’s on my literary travel bucket list, too.

  6. I really like the idea of this book, Vicki. There is something extraordinary–magical even– about visiting places where great writers spent time. Excellent post, Vicki!

  7. I’d love to create a road trip based on this book and hit the road with friends … how fun!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  8. Ooh, I think I could make good use of this book! I have done a few ‘literary pilgrimages’ and am always looking for literary sites when I travel.

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