Let’s Visit The Top 4 Literary Cities Around The World! Here are a few cities that were once home to literary giants and places that honor their memory.
- Edinburgh: Scotland
This beautiful Scottish city has been the inspiration of more than 500 novels, has been the inspiration of a number of poets and strives to keep its connections to the literary world alive. Here you can partake in a number of pub crawls and walking tours that are inspired by Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series and you can visit the Writer’s Museum that is dedicated to Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scot, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
- Paris: France
The question isn’t where you should visit in Paris to honor literary greats, rather it is where do you start? You could swing by Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and pay respects to Oscar Wilde’s tomb, visit the Latin Quarter that was once Wilde’s favorite places, visit the museums that are dedicated to Victor Hugo or stop by of the many quaint bookstores that fill the streets. Shakespeare & Company, the American Library in Paris and Spoken Word Paris are all great locations to experience literary Paris.
- Portland: Oregon
If you have ever seen Powell’s City of Books then you know why Portland is on this list. The store covers an entire city block and is the largest new-and-used bookstore in the world. It has over a million volumes available to patrons and stocks every genre you could imagine. Also, the Portland Arts and Lecture series is an annual tradition that brings in world-renowned authors and poets to share and discuss the literary world. It runs September through May each year and has been known to bring in top producing/selling authors.
- Iowa City: Iowa
One of the main reasons to put this location on this list is for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Participation in this program is considered to be a great honor amongst many in the literary industry. The workshop encourages writers to find their voice and tell their stories. Flannery O’Connor graduated from the program and many up and coming writers have taken part in the workshop as well.