In 2016, Half Price Books encourages you to travel the world through books, music and movies. This year’s HPB Calendar is full of recommendations for every booklover, audiophile and movie buff. Unfortunately, we could only feature 12 different cities in our calendar, and there are so many more places with rich literary and musical heritages available for you to visit.
With Mardi Gras on the horizon, the Big Easy seems to be the most logical travel destination. Known as the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has inspired several writers and playwrights, from William Faulkner to Tennessee Williams, and its wide avenues and stately architecture creates a rich backdrop to mystery, romance and horror stories alike. In fact, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel appears in many of Anne Rice’s vampire novels, as well as books by Isabel Allende and George Washington Cable.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Pelican Brief, John Grisham • The Awakening, Kate Chopin • Junky, William S. Burroughs • A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole • Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice • A Streetcar Named Desire • Double Jeopardy • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button • JFK • The Big Easy • Rejuvenation, The Meters • Funeral for a Friend, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band • King of New Orleans Rock ’n’ Roll, Fats Domino • Gris-Gris, Dr. John & the Night Trippers • Off the Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings, King Oliver
DID YOU KNOW
- The front room of William Faulkner’s house in the French Quarter now houses Faulkner House Books, which sells classic and local interest books.
- The jazz club, Preservation Hall is where Tom Sanction learned jazz from the masters that played and still play there every night.
Tell us what other cities you would like to see featured in our Books Can Take You Places: Off the Beaten Path.