Looking for some literary places to travel? This summer there are a bunch of literary hot spots to hit! Try these:
Laura Ingalls Wilder, DeSmet, South Dakota: DeSmet, South Dakota, has not only the Ingalls Homestead site, but also the surveyor’s house where the Ingalls family first lived in DeSmet, the house Pa built, many of the original stores they frequented and the grave sites of Carrie, Mary, Grace, Ma and Pa Ingalls. There’s nothing quite like the Little House on the Prairie books or pageant.
Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, Virginia: If you grew up loving horses, the home of Marguerite Henry’s beloved Misty of Chincoteague is a great place to visit. Chincoteague has museums, restaurants and great family shopping. They also host Pony Swim Day at the end of July where all the wild Assateague ponies are rounded up and swim across the channel for an auction of foals.
Longmire, Buffalo, Wyoming: The home of Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series of books, celebrates its hometown hero with Longmire Days. The town is full of Longmire all summer long, but during one week in July cast memebers like Robert Taylor, A Martinez, Adam Bartley and Katee Sackoff show up for some old west shooting, street dancing and autograph sessions.
Newberry Book Fair, Chicago, Illinois: The Newberry Book Fair, Chicago’s favorite used-book binge, is held the last weekend of July each year. Browse through 120,000+ books in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or under. The sale has amazing deals on cookbooks, fiction, art books, children’s literature, collectibles, movies, record, and much, much more. Admission is free!
Beast Crawl Literary Tour, Oakland, California: Named for the Pig Latin version of East Bay, this unique literary festival is in the heart of Oakland, Califormia. July 16th 2016, Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl unleashes its fifth annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 writers in a single night, spread out over three hours and nearly 40 local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés and storefronts. Each leg lasts one hour and attendees have to choose which sessions to attend. There is a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins.