Woman Reading: Zico-C via Wikimedia Commons | Hemingway's House: Hein Mück via Wikimedia Commons | Mark Twain's House: Andrew Balet via Wikimedia Commons
If you love literature, writing and anything alphabetical, the thrill of a good book is almost as good as a holiday. And there’s nothing better than savoring both at the same time. Dive into a world where inspirational tales were born and see where America’s greatest writers lived and worked – and learn more about becoming a famous author yourself.
May the ravens be a knocking, knocking on your hotel door — or not. Be spooked with a visit to the Edgar Allan Poe House in Philadelphia, a museum in the short story author’s abode. See the cellar similar to the one in ‘The Black Cat’, and browse through his personal effects in the kitchen and attic bedroom, as well as Poe’s illustrations. Come back to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel where you can read the hotel’s books or let your very own black cat avail itself to the pet room service.
Fancy the life of Huckleberry Finn? Find out how to write a character as adventurous as he at the Mark Twain Adult Writers Workshop, to be held at the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri on November 14 2009. Museum director Dr Cindy Lovell uses American author Twain’s writing advice to spur inspiration as the group stirs creative juices and shares laughs and thoughts ready to write. Take a scenic drive back to the big city and stay at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Downtown, where you can relax in the three-storey Atrium Lounge and start tapping out your bestseller.
What a man! He was an adventurer, war correspondent, soldier and fisherman. These experiences provided Ernest Hemingway with inspiration to write well enough for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize for Literature. See where he lived for over 30 years at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Florida. This includes the studio where he worked on his typewriter churning out ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, stopping occasionally to puff on a Cubana. Do some poolside pondering of your own at the Ocean Key Resort, and further enhance your scribing inspirations over a sunset dinner at the stunning harbourside Cat on a Hot Tin Roof restaurant, named after Tennessee Williams’ play.
Bedtime stories are all the rage on a family visit to the 18th Annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair in Storrs, at the University of Connecticut from November 14-15 2009. Start out with a breakfast, including guest of honour, Clifford the Big Red Dog (as entertainment not on your plate), before heading to the fair for storytelling, author and illustrator book signings and holiday shopping amongst other storybook characters. You won’t need to go far if you stay at the Nathan Hale Inn on the grounds of the university campus. There’s even a Jacuzzi so you can hide from the kids for a while amongst the bubbles with your own good read.