You know how many New Yorkers have never visited the Statue of Liberty? I’m the same way about some of Baltimore’s most famous literary landmarks. I know they’re here, I’d love to pay a visit, but I somehow keep putting it off. That’s why I’m grateful for this thorough and useful “literary guide to Baltimore” by Book Riot. Sure, it features the usual suspects (the Poe gravestone; the H.L. Mencken house), but there are also a few hidden gems (the Dorothy Parker Memorial Garden at NAACP headquarters — who knew!?).
All in all, it’s a great round-up of Baltimore’s best writer’s houses (some of which are open to the public, others which aren’t), bookstores, libraries, and other bookish sites. Here are a few things we’d add, to make the list complete:
- Gertrude Stein’s several Baltimore residences
- The Ivy Bookshop — both for browsing, and for their regular readings and other literary events
- The Book Thing — free books! ’nuff said.
- For the mystery lovers out there, a tour of Baltimore inspired by Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan novels
- The special collections at Johns Hopkins’ Milton S. Eisenhower library – they have some real treasures
Book-loving readers: What would you add to the list?
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