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Literary Traveler is LIVE on Kickstarter! (29 Days Remaining!)

May 14, 2013 in Fiction, Film, Kickstarter, Literary News, Special Events, Television, Travel to New York City

Dear Literary Travelers,

We are very excited to announce that we are officially LIVE on Kickstarter! Check out our Kickstarter page and be sure to watch our video for more information on this project.  It is sure to be an exciting month for us and we are so happy to have our loyal readers involved in the process.  We urge you to share the project with friends, family and anyone that you think might be interested in learning more about us!

Please check back here for updates on the project.  Throughout the next month, this blog will be Kickstarter central — a place for us to share our progress, ideas, project news and information on the future of the Literary Traveler series.

We are offering some incredible rewards to backers, including Literary Traveler t-shirts and an original art print by our own contributor, Jessica Monk.  We are also offering advanced access to the finished episode, before it becomes available to the general public.  Also, if you have your own blog or social media account, we are offering backers a special opportunity to be featured on LiteraryTraveler.com.  Check out the Kickstarter page for more on these rewards and other amazing incentives.

 

Literary Traveler to Bring Writers’ Journeys to Television

May 4, 2013 in American Authors, American literature, announcements, Classic Literature, Classic Writers, Literary News, Travel, Travel to New York City


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.

In 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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Winter is Coming…

March 11, 2013 in American Authors, Book Series, Fantasy Literature, Television, Travel to New York City, Uncategorized

By Kyle Leahy

Winter is coming to New York City, and no, I don’t mean another snowstorm (thank goodness!). Stopping in five international cities, NYC will be the only city in the United States to host the Game of Thrones Exhibition — a display of costumes, weapons, and props from the Emmy-award winning HBO series. Imagine transporting to the beautiful country of Westeros and immersing yourself in the five houses of Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, and Greyjoy. If you live in the Northeast, or are game for a road trip, this could be a possibility for you. The traveling display, following the likes of the Harry Potter exhibition, will give fans an up close and personal experience with more than 70 original artifacts from Season 1 and 2. However, unlike the Harry Potter price tag of $26, this exhibition is free to the public. The Game of Thrones Exhibit will open in NYC on March 28th and stay until April 3rd. Other cities hosting the exhibition are Toronto, Sao Paolo, Amsterdam and Belfast.  Check out the HBO website for more information as it becomes available.

If you can’t make it, don’t fret! Season 3 of Game of Thrones  premieres March 31st on HBO.  In the meantime, continue watching the extended trailer (like me) to judge how it will compare with A Storm of Swords, the third novel in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, upon which the show is based.

Who is everyone excited to see come back? How far will Dany go on her quest for revenge? And will Tyrion finally make things right with his family? I know one thing is for sure — season 3 will be full of jarring twists and heartaches for the characters and the audience. However, only one king (or queen) can survive. So whose side are you on?

Season 3 Extended Trailer

#GOTExhibition

My Day at The Met

May 3, 2011 in Famous Artists, Famous Museums, Travel to New York City

Peter Kubicek w/ Jackson Pollock's Autumn Rhythm / Photo by Sheva Tauby

On a sunny and warm spring day, I traveled from my Westchester home on the express bus down to New York City.  After a pleasant ride (only 38 minutes!), I arrived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 85th and 5th.  The cherry blossoms in full bloom swayed with the breeze.  The emerald green of Central Park lured me as I sat on a bench, watching the joggers go round and round.  Finally, it was time to enter The Met.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but for the sake of LT honesty, I will.  After living in Brooklyn for two years and Westchester County for almost four years, this was my first time at The Met.  How shameful.  I’d even visited the Guggeheim, MoMA and The Museum of Natural History.

However, I couldn’t have chosen a better day and a better tour guide.  Peter Kubicek, subject of our latest interview, was my guide.  He earned a coveted docent position seven years ago and has been giving tours ever since.

I was first taken by the massive Auguste Rodin sculpture, The Burghers of Calais.  To me, it looked like a tribute to suffering and injustice.  The gargantuan feet of the men embedded in the earth, the nooses around their necks, the hands of despair covering the face of one man.  They all stood silently but bravely in black, robes flowing.

What struck me as we walked along was how Central Park was so well integrated with The Met.  Yes, of course, The Met is in The Park, but I expected a dark museum–like the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.  To my surprise, the windows gave way to the bright pink cherry blossoms, blue sky and cityscape.  I had the museum and the natural world.  I was having my cake and eating it too.

As the Monet and Picasso rooms were flanked by rowdy European kids on their spring vacations, we sidestepped the frenzy and opted for the serenity of the Asian world.  The Chinese Scholar’s Court had these interesting rocks, which reminded me of a cross between a volcanic rock and the elephant man.  The bizarre harshness of these structures mixed with the delicate, green plant life represented the balance–what Kubicek referred to as the “yin/yan” (or duality of opposites) the Chinese like to have in their gardens.  If only we Americans could achieve such a thing.

But perhaps my favorite of the day was the Jackson Pollock.  The painting entitled Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)–as seen in the photo above–was fitful.  As Kubicek stated, “there is no place for the eye to rest.”  This was true.  Calamity was not in Pollock’s interest.  The painting, to me, represented Pollock’s mind (perhaps alcohol-fueled mind), which seemed to never shut off.  Not until his untimely death.

My day at The Met was fun and refreshing.  It is a museum that lets the city in.  It breathes the life the people, the excitement of art and the spirit of New York.  Even though I am not a New Yorker, I almost felt like one in The Met.

Please continue reading Interview with Peter Kubicek, Author of Holocaust Memoir 1000: 1 ODDS.

To sign up for one of Peter’s tours, please see tour info.  His next scheduled tour is May 15, 2011.

Touring Harlem with Literary Traveler

February 11, 2011 in African American Literature, American literature, Black Literature, Travel to New York City

Louis Armstrong / Library of CongressHarlem is a place that is so closely imbued in the hearts of Americans everywhere.  Even tourists from around the world come to see the streets of Harlem, a once Mecca to the black artist, including the black writer.  What arose from the Harlem Renaissance was a beautiful, literary tradition of African American stories, storytelling and history.  Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nella Larsen, Carl Van Vechten, Countee Cullen, Louis Armstrong, Zora Neale Hurston … these are the names of the Harlem Renaissance.

Can you imagine going into a club in Harlem in the 1920s-30s and seeing Louis Armstrong blow on his trumpet or Langston Hughes reading his poem “Harlem” a.k.a. “A Dream Deferred”?  This era was magical, never to be repeated as of today, sadly enough.  But the magic still resounds in the streets of Harlem.  The people there haven’t forgotten where they come from.  Even though there are now more white people living in Harlem than black.  Even though Harlem has pretty much underwent gentrification.

The memory of the Harlem Renaissance exists.  You can find it on amateur night at the Apollo Theater, in the spirit of the Harlem Globetrotters (originating in 1926) and the smooth jazz and blues songs of Black Swan Records.  I hope to find it myself in a couple weeks as I head to Harlem to eat at Sylvia’s, a historic restaurant owned and run by Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soul Food,” since 1962.  Everyone who is someone has eaten there, including President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Susan Lucci, Magic Johnson and many more.

So explore Harlem with us with these two articles that give you the grand tour of a place imbued with literary spirit and black pride.

A New Kind of Renaissance: Touring Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem Presents Africa Comics

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