For travelers who pack more page-turners than apparel when going on vacation, one of these guided, literary-themed getaways might be just the thing.
Passage to India / January 18-29
Foyles Bookshop is leading a trip to India with stops in Jaipur, Delhi, Samode, and Gurgaon. Notable events on the agenda are a tea tasting at the Full Circle Bookshop in Delhi, an invite to the private Authors Ball at the Jaipur Literature Festival, and a tete-a-tete with novelist Marcel Theroux. Tour participants receive a bounty of books, selected by Theroux, for pre-trip reading: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.
Sultry Savannah / April 12-15
Bibliophiles can discuss Flannery O’Connor’s fiction in the atmospheric southern city where she was born in 1925. Offered by Classical Pursuits, the Mystery & Manners in Savannah excursion also includes a tour of O’Connor’s childhood home on Lafayette Square, one of 21 picturesque squares in this city distinctive for its antebellum architecture and abundant gardens.
Exploring Paris and Provence / September 7-16
A unique, ten-day tour from Adventures by the Book follows in the footsteps of author Susan Vreeland as she recreates the journey behind her novel Lisette’s List. Along with the chance to travel with Vreeland, some of the perks included in the tour price are a signed first edition of Lisette’s List and a welcome reception at the legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Company.
[Photos: Jaipur Palace: © Foyles.co.uk; Shakespeare and Co. and Savannah, GA: © NovelDestinations.com]