A Literary Quiz, Drama in Pilsen, Keukenhof Garden, Library Love & More: Endnotes 17 April

A Literary Quiz, Drama in Pilsen, Keukenhof Garden, Library Love & More: Endnotes 17 April

Friday, 17 April, 2020

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.


The awesome graffiti above can be found in Shoreditch, an arty neighborhood in London’s East End. Some day, when we can all roam the world again, you could walk around Shoreditch to browse vintage shops, grab a cocktail at a rooftop bar, play a round of quirky mini-golf, eyeball contemporary art, and eat, eat eat. But for now, let’s all internalize the message of this graffiti. From my (im)patient heart to yours.

a room on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
A room on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Cozy murder not guaranteed.
  • Author and bookshop owner Ann Patchett talks about what she’s doing to help her employees weather the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Art historian and writer Anne Louise Avery posts mini-stories on her Twitter account that are so sweet and poignant, like this one:

  • Bookish podcast of the week: We loved the book The Warehouse by Rob Hart; it would make an excellent quarantine read, BTW. In this episode of the Writer’s Bone podcast, Rob Hart talks about writing his uncomfortably prescient novel.

  • Travel podcast of the week: This episode of the Guardian Books Podcast combines travel and books. The hosts talk to Toby Ferris about his search for the 42 surviving paintings by Dutch master painter Pieter Bruegel. It’s a virtual trip to London, Vienna, Detroit, and more.

More Sweden Goodies

The podcast episode we released this week is called Sweden: So Happy, So Murdery. We recommended so many great books and talked about the cool stuff that makes Sweden special. As always, the show notes page is a treasure trove of entertainment. Here are a few more diverting links about Sweden:

  • And finally, according to this Twitter user, you can get your IKEA name by spelling your name backward and putting an umlaut over the first vowel. That makes me Näwluoj, and David becomes Syërhpmuh. Share yours in comments!

May your imagination roam the world while the rest of you stays safely at home.

Top image courtesy of Toa Heftiba.

Want to keep up with our book-related adventures? Sign up for our newsletter!

our mission

Strong Sense of Place is a website and podcast dedicated to literary travel and books we love. Reading good books increases empathy. Empathy is good for all of us and the amazing world we inhabit.

get our newsletter
We'll never share your email with anyone else. Promise.

This is a weekly email. If you'd like a quick alert whenever we update our blog, subscribe here.

no spoilers. ever.

We'll share enough detail to help you decide if a book is for you, but we'll never ruin plot twists or give away the ending.

super-cool reading fun
reading atlas 2020!

This 30-page 2020 Reading Atlas takes you around the world with dozens of excellent books and gorgeous travel photos. Get your free copy when you subscribe to our newsletter.

get our newsletter
We'll never share your email with anyone else. Promise.
follow us

Content on this site is © 2020 by Smudge Publishing, unless otherwise noted. Peace be with you, person who reads the small type.