New My Personal Legend – Melissa Juliet Sagendorph

January 16, 2018 in announcements, New Articles

Up next in the My Personal Legend series is Melissa Juliet Sagendorph from Massachusetts and most recently Philadelphia. Melissa Juliet talks about understanding her personal legend against the backdrop of turning 27. Age can be a state of mind, but it can also be a weight that keeps your dreams just out of reach. Melissa Juliet talks about leaving graduate school to become the writer the she has always dreamed. Somehow she ended up studying philosophy and realized her heart was not in it. “I thought it would be hard to leave grad school, but once I realized it was the right decision it was simple.” Read more about her story. And read more Personal Legends based on the Alchemist by Paulo Quelo.

New My Personal Legend – Katie Steinhartner

December 7, 2017 in New Articles

Up next in the My Personal Legend series is Katie Steinhartner from Maine via Colorado. Katie talks about understanding her personal legend when she realized in a very Zen way that her legend was just to be, to exist and experience the world through a busy full life of travel and love. Katie lives in Denver but finds herself at home all around the world. She has visited more than 40 countries, lived in 5, and has family in 3. She is a marketing/social media strategist and content creator by day.  Read more about her story. And read more Personal Legends based on the Alchemist by Paulo Quelo.

What are you reading for Halloween?

October 9, 2017 in Literary News

This month we will be focusing on the spirit of Halloween. Please let us know the scariest book you have ever read? What’s more scary in your opinion books or movies?
Growing up I was afraid of spiders and then vampires. I couldn’t watch or think about watching Nosferatu or Salem’s Lot.  Do you have a favorite Stephen King book? What should we read for Halloween? The Shining, IT, or Salem’s Lot or Carrie?
We might have to go with IT since, the movie is pretty scary and let’s face it, clowns are pretty easy to fear, especially ones that come out of the sewers every 27 years to eat cute little kids. I have heard that Carrie is pretty scary too.

Happy Birthday Henry!

July 12, 2017 in Literary News, Uncategorized

At Literary Traveler we believe that July 12th should be a national holiday to celebrate Thoreau’s Birthday. Not only was Henry David Thoreau a great writer but he was a great American in the sense that he was a true individual thinker who stood for something. He has inspired many great minds and that help change the world.

We can each learn from Thoreau, not to be more like him, but to be more like ourselves.

thank you Henry, Happy Birthday!

Remembering Caitlin O’Hara

December 28, 2016 in Remembrance

caitlin_oharaCaitlin O’Hara worked with us in 2013/2014. She recently passed away just before Christmas, after a long struggle with Cystic Fibrosis. She was only 33. She had been on the waiting list and finally received a double lung transplant.

Caitlin was a great person and she was always a big help to Literary Traveler. She was talented, funny, creative, a great writer and hard worker who wanted to do something good and worthwhile with her talents.

She helped launch our One True Sentence project and she was an inspiration to work with. I didn’t know how deep her health challenges were until she told me. We kept in touch over the years, and she moved from Boston to Pittsburgh to wait for a lung transplant.

She was a fighter no doubt, and had fought against Cystic Fibrosis, and fought to save Prouty Garden in Boston. She touched a lot of lives. She will be missed and remembered by many. I think about how she carried on with the love of her family and friends and I think about strong she was, and how she fought for so long. We will miss you Caitlin!

Francis McGovern

Here are a couple of Caitlin’s pieces for Literary Traveler

Looking back: Wharton, Fitzgerald, and Ourselves

Loving Poetry with Robert Pinsky’s Singing School


October is Pottermonth at Literary Traveler

October 14, 2016 in Halloween, Harry Potter

harry_potterPottermonth: A month where you read all the Harry Potter Books generally in October to celebrate the anniversary of the attack on Harry and his family at Godrick’s Hollow, Halloween 1991.

There was always something that always appealed to me about Harry Potter. It was as though I was looking in the window of a great castle that I couldn’t enter until I was ready and prepared.

Harry Potter is an adventure and a phenomenon (frankly it still is.) I had not read all the books, or actually any of the books, besides short passages with some of my children. Howgwarts was always a place that I had wanted to visit. JK Rowling is a genius. Read the books for proof.

So (in honor of Harry,) I decided to read them all. It took me about a month to make it through all the books. What a thrill to learn all about about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the great battle between love and evil.

Everything is there for young and old readers alike, the great characters, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Dumbledore. You just root for them against the forces of “he cannot be named” and the Death Eaters are just so mean. But Draco Malfoy isn’t all bad in the end. The books are epic and universal.

There are important lessons in Harry Potter. Here are Ten.

Courage and Friendship are the highest virtues, and Love comes in a close third.

Keep smart and loyal friends and family close.

Be kind and fair. Especially to House Elves and Goblins.

It’s doesn’t hurt to be invisible and carry a magic map.

You can’t know everything at once and you can’t know everything all the time.

Bad things happen to good Wizards.

Good things happen to great Wizards.

You got to fight for your right to be free.

Never give up up on Neville.

Now I am going to see if the films are as good as the books. If you have a great passage or memory of harry potter please share it with us. Expelliarmos!

Join us at Literary Traveler

September 14, 2016 in announcements, Literary Traveler Jobs

top-boston-internship-programCurrently we are looking for some great new interns after a bit of summer hiatus. We have always built our staff from a strong internship program. The best interns continue to work on the site long after their internship is done. Are you looking for something challenging where you can apply your passions? Here is our posting. Please contact us if you want to know more….

Do you dream of traveling and making your living as a writer? Do you want to put your education and interests together and do something that matters to you? Do you need to acquire experience before you can be great? Are you a blogger or travel fanatic that loves to read the classics and travel the world?

One of the best internships for writers in Boston, an internship with Literary Traveler will provide you with real world marketable skills–you’ll learn the fundamentals of running a travel website, writing for the web, search engine optimization, and working with advertisers and sponsors. You’ll learn how to package yourself and your ideas and develop your own niche. You’ll get to be part of an extremely positive atmosphere where you’ll receive direct feedback on your writing.

Learn more and apply here on internship page

What’s Your One True Sentence? We want to know what has inspired you.

September 14, 2016 in American Authors, American literature, announcements, Classic Literature, Classic Writers, Literary News, Literature, One True Sentence, Uncategorized

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway

We have just launched something special at Literary Traveler, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Literary Traveler’s “One True Sentence” will be a series of short video episodes that explore the meaning of words and the people who are inspired by their power. Literary Traveler will take viewers behind some of the greatest words in literature, bringing them alive through the people and places that hold them close.

One sentence is often all it takes to convey your truth. And each one of us has a sentence that we carry with us – whether it is a line from a novel, a verse of poetry, a song lyric, a personal mantra, words of wisdom from a loved one, or a simple string of words that bring you meaning. We take this “one true sentence” with us on our travels, drawing inspiration, motivation, and solace in times of trouble.

The first two episodes of this series feature contemporary authors sharing the sentences that inspire their life and work and how they came to find the meaning in their true sentences.

Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D., shares a quote from Henry David Thoreau, and Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters, finds reassurance in the words of Gustave Flaubert. For Bernier and Meyers, and all of us, a truly great sentence can not only inspire, but influence your life, change your course, and start you on your own unique journey.

Our goal with “One True Sentence” is to inspire — to harness the power of words in our lives, and examine how one short sentence can hold so much meaning.  And we want to hear from you.

If you have a sentence that holds special meaning for you, we would love for you to share it with us and tell us a little about how it has influenced your life, whether it has inspired you to take a leap of faith, provided strength during a difficult time, or otherwise inspires, motivates, or comforts. Please send us your short personal videos (Be as creative as you want, but no need to get fancy. A smartphone camera is all it takes.) You can e-mail us at or share your video on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #OneTrueSentence. Your video may even end up on!

Thoughts from the First Day of Toronto Pursuits 2014

July 15, 2014 in Art, Canada Travel, Classical Pursuits, Famous Artists, Famous Museums, Great Artists, Special Events, Summer Fun, Toronto Pursuits

Susan Lahey signs up for Twitter Just before giving her talk on Chinese Decorative Arts.

Guest Post by Ann Kirkland of Classical Pursuits

The first full day of Toronto Pursuits was a great success. It was great to see and meet some of the new people and find out about how they discovered Toronto Pursuits. Some people said they were here for their love of discussions and great ideas. Others were from Toronto and lived here their entire lives but never knew about it. Many were repeat attendees who keep coming back to Toronto to join us and partake in sessions and discussions.

“The Forbidden City” Exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

On Monday, we started the day with sessions and then after lunch had a great talk from Susan Lahey and learned more about an insider’s view of Chinese Decorative Art. We took a trip with her to the Royal Ontario Museum to see an exhibition on “The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors.” Ian Scott shared his wealth of knowledge of Eastern and Western opera.

To finish off a rewarding day, we had an intimate reception at the Park Hyatt in Toronto. The week is just getting started and there is much more to come. Stay tuned!

Read more about Classical Pursuits and the Toronto Pursuits program.

The Bling Ring and The American Dream

January 28, 2014 in Fauxscars, Literary Movies, Non-Fiction, Pop Culture, Women Writers

It’s amazing how close The Bling Ring is to its source material. The article, originally published in Vanity Fair and entitled “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” does not judge the story’s subjects, a group of fame-obsessed teens who broke into celebrity homes and stole millions of dollars worth of goods. As any successful piece of hard journalism does, it leaves the readers to make their own decisions.

Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring takes on a similarly journalistic approach, mimicking exact lines and moments from the article down to outfits from the article’s pictures. In between these moments of accuracy are long montages of drug use, loud music, and thievery. You wouldn’t think that watching gorgeous teens break the law would get boring, but it does.

It is hard to know what to think throughout the entirety of The Bling Ring. Are we not supposed to get excited about seeing Paris Hilton’s real closet? At the end, as Marc faces his time in prison, I thought I understood that the film was showing us the price of celebrity obsession. But this was not the end. The Bling Ring ends with Emma Watson’s Nicki on a talk show, having just faced a short span in prison, cool as a cucumber and promoting her website.

Clearly, Coppola and Nancy Jo Sales, the author of the Vanity Fair article, have opinions about the real ‘Bling Ring.’ Sales said in a Q&A about her article that, “I think, like all stories that capture this much attention, there’s something very evocative of American culture. A friend of mine said, ‘This case implicates us all.’” As an investigative journalist, Sales doesn’t express these views in her article, but leaves the reader to come to their own conclusions. Films are typically more editorial, but Coppola has chosen to present only the facts. The result is voyeuristic and stunning, but it’s hard to feel any investment in these characters or their story. We don’t find out enough about the individual people to understand what would push them to make such poor decisions, nor enough to really feel sympathy for them. Though The Bling Ring is admirably close to its source material, its lack of emotion or editorializing created a film that is beautiful, but also boring and a bit empty. Perhaps this might have been Coppola’s point all along — to show an exclusive world that many aspire to join and how insubstantial and dull it all really is.


If you hated to love The Bling Ring, let us know. It is nominated for in The 2014 Literary Fauxscars for “Best ‘Guilty Pleasure’ Adaptation.”  If you think it should take home the award, share your opinions in the comments section or on Facebook and Twitter. #Fauxscars

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