Posted on 09/23/2021 at 09:58 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Not everyone is able to travel globally or comfortable with the idea yet.

So we hope that with a literary tourist attraction on three different continents, most bookworms reading this will have reasonable access to at least one spot.

North America: The Seattle Times shared a Ramona Quimby self-guided walking tour around Portland, Oregon.

Over the course of three miles, it includes ten spots from author (and Portland native) Beverly Cleary’s life and books.

Cleary is among the most beloved children’s author of all-time, with her works — starring such characters as Ramona and Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse, Otis Spofford, and Ellen Tebbits — racking up awards including the National Medal of Art and the John Newbery Medal. 

Asia: Tokyo’s Waseda University will open the library built to house novelist and alumnus Haruki Murakami's donations on October 1.

The Associated Press reports that in addition to holding about 3,000 of Murakami’s books, manuscripts, and other materials, the facility — known as the Waseda International House of Literature — also includes a replica of the author’s study and a student-run cafe that serves his favorite dark roast coffee.

Murakami — whose works include Killing CommendatoreNorwegian Wood, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle — has won a number of prizes worldwide, and his work has been translated into over fifty languages.

Europe: A field in northern Italy has been mowed to depict Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Dario Gambarin created the portrait near Verona to mark the 200-year anniversary of Dostoevsky’s birth (November 11, 1821), according to Euronews.

Dostoevsky’s novels — including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov — are considered some of the best ever written.

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