Whew! What a year it's been! We launched the Strong Sense of Place website with a combination of enthusiasm, determination, high hopes, and — if we're honest — a little bit of trepidation. Thank you for joining us!
She wrote crime novels with well-drawn characters, sharp prose, and twisty plots — plus put her own spin on 'Hamlet,' drove an ambulance during WWI, and was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Craggy mountains, bold blue water, irresistible wildlife, Māori mythology, and super-cute kiwi birds: The stunning images in these must-follow Instagram accounts showcase what makes New Zealand a magical place.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Wuthering Heights quote or song lyric, a new online book club, virtual tours of Lobkowicz Palace, words for thieves, and more.
If you've ever daydreamed about dancing the night away to hot jazz in a speakeasy, this is the book for you. Packed with vibrant full-page comics from barrier-busting women cartoonists, it's a time machine to the '20s.
What's not to love about a pie that fits in your hand, is golden and flaky, and is filled with a savory meat-and-cheese filling that will power you through your day and make you as happy as a Kiwi in New Zealand?!
New Zealand is an enchanting blend of colonial and Māori culture set against the prettiest green-and-blue backdrop of mountains and sea you could imagine. It's a place for exploration, all good vibes, and meat pies.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a Norway's answer to hygge, the NYTimes list demystified, an eerie/beautiful art installation, horror fiction podcast, and more.
You might not expect a story of kidnap and pirates to put tears in your eyes and wings on your heart. But you've likely never met pirates like Mad Hannah Mabot and her sometimes surly and surprisingly sensitive crew.
Gilded bookshelves, antique globes, allegorical ceiling frescoes, thousands of books, church ruins, trompe l'oeil — we took it all in on a tour of the Strahov Monastery Library and the Břevnov Monastery in Prague.
For readers, the book-lined shelves of libraries and archives are a dreamy backdrop for stories that resonate. These novels and nonfiction titles explore the drama, adventure, and history of our favorite bookish places.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Stephen King with cats, stunning lectures from Hilary Mantel, an alphabet made of trees, a free online Poe festival, and more.
Sometimes you just want to get lost in a cinderblock of a book, and when you do, we recommend this sweeping story of adventure, intrigue, WWII, lost gold, longtime friendship, and love in all its forms. Plus Einstein!
We love a character that's got a salty side to balance the sweetness, and that's just what we get in Peggy, the librarian. These caramels are a tribute to her ability to give her whole heart when it matters the most.
The stacks, backrooms, and archives in libraries all over the world are filled with countless treasures — rare books, photos, parchments, maps — that place us in history. Instagram lets us take a peek from where we sit.
In this ep, we discuss the magic of libraries and recommend library-centric books we love, including book-nerd-approved nonfiction, a lyrical literary cycle, a historical novel, and a joyous tale of a secret library.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got stranger-than-fiction locations, dog-related vocab, a book-inspired bracelet, Hawaii stories, National Park photos, and more.
Get a different perspective on WWII with this sweet and affecting novel about life in a posh hotel in Portugal. You'll meet privileged exiles, aristocrats on the run, rich revelers, and one unforgettable little boy.
Food, wildlife, majestic vistas, quiet moments: the images in these Instagram accounts showcase what makes Alaska such a special place. It's rugged, colorful, somewhat dangerous, and celebrates an independent spirit.
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got living in a British village, a new writing competition, quirky museums, LGBTQ+ travel books, letter-writing supplies, and more.
The final year of college can be a sensitive time for anyone. But for these acting students, it's even more fraught — with Shakespearean revenge and betrayal, lust and love and broken hearts... both onstage and off.