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Literary Traveler to Bring Writers’ Journeys to Television

By Francis McGovern

Literary Traveler

Literary Traveler is excited to announce that we are turning our much-loved website into a series for television. We are passionate about the stories we tell, of authors’ lives and the places that inspire them.

Literary Traveler, the series, will be a new thirty-minute program that follows in the footsteps of classic and modern writers, to explore the inspiring places connected to literature’s most popular and acclaimed works, and to make meaning of the lives, struggles and triumphs of famous authors.

These unique stories are presented by visiting places important to the writer, and by taking unique journeys related to that writer’s life, revealing their experiences and inspirations. Each episode will include interviews with experts, popular writers and academic scholars on the writers profiled. We’ll highlight what the journey and places meant for each writer and discuss how viewers can visit locations featured in the program. We’ll also stop to explore interesting places along the way, immersing ourselves in the culture of a particular time and place, as we traverse the challenges the writers faced on their varied paths to success.

Currently we are producing a pilot episode.  We will go in search of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. An iconic novel of the Jazz Age, with settings that range from Louisville, to Long Island, to NYC, we believe that Gatsby provides the perfect entry point for our literary series.

KickstarterIn order to get this venture off the ground, we are taking the project to Kickstarter and asking our fellow literary travelers to help us finance this project. We are excited to launch our Kickstarter project this May, coincidentally corresponding with Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Fitzgerald’s classic. We want to take a deeper look behind this work and others, and at the places and experiences that contribute to each author’s journey.

Stay tuned for more on our Kickstarter and Literary Traveler, the series. Please join our mailing list to stay apprised of updates. And, as always, thank you for your support!

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Check out a preview for a glimpse of what’s to come!

Comments

  1. Fran Folsom says:

    Hi Francis,

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news. What can I do to assist you? Where do I donate and to whom?

    Fran

    • Thank you, Fran! Please see our Kickstarter page for information on how to donate. More information and updates available at LiteraryTraveler.net Please share the page with anyone else you think might be interested. Thank you for your support!

  2. What a wonderful idea. I am a travel blogger and fanatic reader; I really enjoy your newsletters and would love to write for you too. I think this will make a great series. Very exciting.

    • Thank you! Please see our submission guidelines on the website. We would love to read your work. You can also contact me directly at Amanda@LiteraryTraveler.com to talk further about getting involved. Please share our Kickstarter with anyone else who might be interested. Thank you for your support!

  3. Julie Steinbach says:

    Fabulous! You probably already have Hemingway’s houses (Key West a fave) & Cuba on your list. Definitely for your consideration: Neruda’s in Chile – loved La Sebastiana in Valparaiso but my Chilean cousin said Isla Negra, I think, is even better. In Iceland, the 1955 Nobel Laureate Halldor Laxness’s home outside Reykjavik has been turned into a museum. Stunning sense of place and creativity. Also in Reykjavik, the Sunday night I heard the “Pearls of Icelandic Song” concert at the Harpa, the program included 3 of his poems set to music.

    • Thank you, Julie! Hemingway’s Key West is a favorite of ours, as well! Please check out some of the shorter videos we filmed there last year on our youtube page. We have featured articles on Isla Negra and will definitely keep it in mind for a feature episode. Iceland is also a great idea. Please share our Kickstarter with anyone else who might be interested. Thank you for your support!

  4. Liz Ropers says:

    Great news! Will you be doing Dickens et al or just 20th c. Writers?
    Whatever you do- I can’t wait to start watching!

    • Thank you, Liz! We hope to cover a variety of genres and periods throughout a season of the show. Dickens would make a great episode and we will be sure to keep him in mind going forward. Please share our Kickstarter with anyone else who might be interested. Thank you for your support!

  5. Have been in France for 3 weeks. Will definitely contribute this week — but want to mention that during this trip I visited George Sand’s House at Nohant, in France. Simply lovely, and inspiring — it is now a museum and very much a home lived in and truly personal. Her gorgeous gardens and her personal choices in furniture, books, décor are all there — including a door leading into the room where Chopin composed and worked — she had that door padded to insulate him from any sounds that might disturb him in the house. Seems as though she has just stepped out for a moment — would be a great choice for your series! Even the feather plume she wrote with is there!! Fabulous. Hope your pilot and this series gets off the ground, love the idea and it seems perfect for you to do.

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