Novel Destinations

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 Society, Paperback, 9781426204548, 357pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 2009

For the new breed of vacationer who craves meaningful trips and unusual locales, the combination of reading and travel can be a heady mixespecially 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, a freelance writer with a passion for reading and travel, spent ten years working in marketing for various book publishers. She is coauthor, with Joni Rendon, of Novel Destinations.

Joni Rendon, a freelance writer with a passion for reading and travel, spent ten years in marketing and editorial in the book publishing industry. She is coauthor, with Shannon McKenna Schmidt, of Novel Destinations.

Matthew Pearl is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Dante Club" and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante's Inferno (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allen Poe's "The Murder in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. The Dante Club" has been published in more than thirty languages and forty countries around the world. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He can be reached via his website,

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