From Stephen King, to H.P. Lovecraft, to Mark Twain, New England has a rich literary heritage — so it’s no wonder that many authors and book lovers call the region home. Whether you’re looking to discover a literary legacy or pick out your next favorite read, be sure to check out some of these top local spots for book lovers.
Mark Twain House (Connecticut)
From 1874 to 1891, famed author Mark Twain and family lived in Hartford in a house custom designed by New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter. Now considered a National Historic Landmark, the Twain home stands as a tribute to the author of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” and includes a museum showcasing artifacts and exhibits of his outstanding legacy. For more information, visit http://www.marktwainhouse.org/index.php.
Phoenix Books (Vermont)
There are lots of places to buy books in New England — but when it comes to atmosphere and service, the experience at independent local booksellers is unmatched. If you’re in Vermont, be sure to take a look around at Phoenix Books: a pair of indie shops in Burlington and Essex with a passion for social responsibility, uniqueness, and support for the local community. Find the latest and greatest fiction reads, local interest books, nonfiction and more, and if you're in Essex don’t forget to check out the attached art gallery and cafe. Visit http://www.phoenixbooks.biz for details.
Providence Athenaeum (Rhode Island)
With a history dating back to 1836, the Providence Athenaeum has long been one of New England’s literary cultural hubs — a member-supported library and cultural center dedicated to educational pursuits. In fact, more than 150 years ago, visitors would have caught a glimpse of Edgar Allen Poe and poet Sarah Helen Whitman browsing the stacks here during their brief courtship. These days, visitors still can step into the doors of this historic Benefit Street building, and browse a vast and eclectic selection of materials. To find out more, visit http://www.providenceathenaeum.org/index.html.
Stephen King locations (Maine)
Fans of famous horror author Stephen King know that the writer has a strong relationship with his home state of Maine — setting many of his works in fictionalized locations within its borders. Most of the places in King’s work do have real-life doppelgangers, however, and fans willing to take a day trip can explore many of the towns that inspired his work. The fictional location of Derry, for example, closely resembles the town of Dexter — and a trip north to Flagstaff Lake will reveal its closeness to the Dark Score Lake found in “Bag of Bones.” For more information, visit https://roadtrippers.com/blog/maine-macabre-the-real-life-locations-of-stephen-king-novels.
Bestsellers Cafe (Massachusetts)
For many readers, good books and hot beverages go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s no wonder that a bookstore cafe would take off in popularity. The indie Bestsellers Cafe in Bedford has become a hotspot for area literary lovers, featuring a wide variety of books to browse, and a menu filled with tasty espresso drinks and homemade treats. For additional information, visit http://www.bestsellers-cafe.com.
From eclectic libraries to hip indie booksellers, New England is filled with fun and fascinating literary destinations. Mark these top places for literary fans on your must-see list when planning your next day trip around the region.
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