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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Literary Getaway

As one reader recently pointed out, it seems like I’ve been so busy lately with literary events, I haven’t even had time to write about them. I mean really write about the events instead of just mentioning them.

That’s true. Fall is always a busy time for literature. But this year seems to have been packed with more pages than usual. I’ve barely had time to transcribe notes from the events — let alone actually write about what the authors have said, what words of wisdom and writerly advice they had to share.

Rest assured that such posts will come in the near future. In the meantime, rest alone would be nice.

So I’m relieved to have the opportunity to experience a literary getaway of a different type this weekend. My wife and I have been invited to enjoy a weekend at The Spencer in Chautauqua, New York.

The Spencer is a literary-themed boutique hotel located on the grounds of the illustrious Chautauqua Institution, and is celebrating 100 years of history this year. The literary hotel celebrates the life and works of history’s most revered authors.

Each room at The Spencer pays homage to a renowned author, depicting scenes from their most famous works. For instance, in the C.S. Lewis (Room 302), a mural dedicated to The lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe depicts the image of stepping into Narnia, complete with the famed Wardrobe. In the Isak Dinesen (Room 203), a play on the Out of Africa theme allows guests to slumber under their very own dream-like safari tent while the Jules Verne (Room 306) gives the playful feel of sleeping up in a balloon traveling Around the World in 80 Days.

We’ll be staying in the Brownings Suite, named after English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, wife of Robert Browning. Elizabeth Browning is best known for Sonnets from the Portuguese, a collection of love sonnets to her husband. We’ll be taking our copy along.

I look forward to reporting on the weekend. Well, the literary parts, at least. In the meantime, feel free to book your own literary getaway by visiting The Spencer online.


Join us in the Brownings Suite.



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