Novel Destinations

Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West

By Shannon Mckenna Schmidt; Joni Rendon; Matthew Pearl (Foreword by)
(National Geographic, Paperback, 9781426204548, 368pp.)

Publication Date: June 16, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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For the new breed of vacationer who craves meaningful trips and unusual locales, the combination of reading and travel can be a heady mix—especially if you happen to be checking into Hemingway’s favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or strolling about Bath’s Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy! Cue National Geographic’s Novel Destinations—a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe.

The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums, literary festivals and walking tours. Then, in-depth explorations of author 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 browser’s delight.

About the Author

Shannon McKenna Schmidt is a regular contributor to Shelf Awareness, as well as to She held positions in marketing and promotion at several major publishing houses.

Joni Rendon is a contributing writer at and FocusNews for Expatriates. She spent ten years in marketing and editorial in the book publishing industry.

Praise For Novel Destinations

"Want to explore more than 500 literary landmarks without leaving your living room? Then pull up an armchair and pick up a copy of Novel Destinations. "—Tampa Tribune

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