The search for Context’s City of Literature 2011 continues with Julian Smith-Newman giving the case in favour of Berlin…Read more
Books & Literature – Context Travel Blog
Looking for the latest news and updates about books & literature from around the world? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts about new releases, classic favorites, and recommendations for those traveling around the world, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for visiting museums, bookstores, and libraries in over 40 cities, put together by local writers, journalists, and professors, as well as Context staff. From classics to cutting-edge contemporary, we provide an intellectually curious take on books & literature happenings across the globe—or in your home city.
The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.
There is a scene in Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene where the main protagonist Jim Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman and reluctant spy, finds himself playing a game of draughts with Captain Segura, Havanaʼs very genial but also corrupt Chief of Police…Read more
London’s literary credentials are impeccable and date back to the earliest development of English as a literary language in the 14th century.Read more
Place is important in my writing. I think that holds for much of my reading too. When trying to think of a novel that evoked a sense of place, I found myself dragging book after book from my shelves. Perhaps I could write about…Read more
Nikitas Palantzas makes the case for Istanbul’s literary credentials as we search for the Context City of Literature, 2011.Read more
All this month on the Context blog, we’ll be deciding the Context ‘City of Literature’ for 2011. Our docents in different cities will be posting the reasons why their city should win the title. Keep visiting the blog to see…Read more
As part of our month-long investigation of travel and literature on the Context blog, Charles Lambert has agreed to write here about his experiences as an expatriate author in Rome.Read more
When I think about the connection between travel and literature, the first author that comes to mind is W Somerset Maugham.
In some ways, he’s an odd choice: although he did write a few travel books, those aren’t what he’s best known for. Instead, it’s in his fiction that one can find the perfect example of how travel can shape a writer, and provide him with a near-limitless source of material and new perspectives on the world…Read more
Our docent Maggie Anderson gives us suggestions for places to stay and to eat in EdinburghRead more
Interview with Context Florence docent Kristin Stasiowski on Dante’s influence on Italian literature and language.Read more
Our collaboration with Oxygen Books continue with a fantastic writing competition. Writers will need to capture the essence of New York City in an essay of anything between 25 and 1,000 words.Read more
We meet world travelers Lara Dunston and Terence Carter and interview them on their Grantourismo adventureRead more
A wrap-up of our best blog posts of 2010Read more
Win your copy of Oxygen’s City Lit BooksRead more
Looking for great bookstores where you can linger around on a rainy afternoon? Look no further!Read more
Meet Heather Reyes and Malcolm Burgess publishers of a revolutionary guidebook seriesRead more
A selection of our favorite pieces of travel writingRead more