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Have you ever longed to hit the road in search of the landmarks and homes once occupied by some of your favorite Southern writers?
Deep South Magazine, an online magazine and blog, is hoping to capitalize on the ever-growing trend of literary travel with its Southern Literary Trail App.
For $2.99, you can purchase the app and learn about more than 130 literary sites.
“Our mission at Deep South Magazine is to connect the Southern states through stories on culture, food, travel and literature,” said editor Erin Z. Bass.
“I love visiting literary sites, and this was a great way for us to share insider tips with our readers, gathered from staff visits as well as from literary experts and tourism representatives from across the South.”
The app features more than 700 photos of writers’ homes, literary landmarks, museums and gravesites.
It also includes details on tours and events, restaurants, bars and hotels with a literary theme – from the Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St. Louis to the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro, N.C.
Visit the the New Orleans apartment where Tennessee Williams began writing A Streetcar Named Desire and the Key West Hotel where he finished the play.
Pay homage to Flannery O’Connor at her farm and gravesite in Georgia or travel to Harper Lee’s Maycomb in Monroeville, Ala.
Visit Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks Heritage Trail in Florida or Jack Kerouac’s home.
The app includes 28 sites in Mississippi.
“Authors featured include Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Kathryn Stockett, Willie Morris, Margaret Walker, Richard Wright, Elizabeth Spencer and Barry Hannah,” Bass said.
“Some entries even have insider tips, such as not missing the playhouse out back of the Eudora Welty House, which the writer used as a creative space and hangout for friends,” Bass said.
The app is part of the Sutro World app. Sutro is described as the world’s largest publisher of independently authored travel guides.
“Literary tourism is becoming more and more popular, and travelers are interested in visiting the homes and memorials of their favorite authors,” Bass said. “Many sites and museums, like the Eudora Welty House and Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, have embraced this interest, opening their doors and allowing visitors to see where these authors wrote and slept.”