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Now you can take a self-guided walking tour of Brooklyn’s literary landmarks.

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November 3, 2021, 1:19pm

Good news for literary enthusiasts, reluctant exercisers, or those in need of a first date activity: Brooklyn Public Library has launched a new self-guided audio tour of the literary landmarks of Brooklyn. The walking tour spans Fort Greene to Bushwick, and highlights fictional places where novels are set, real apartments where authors once lived, and libraries authors visited. 

Authors spotlit on the tour include Marianne Moore, Richard Wright, Patti Smith, Naima Coster, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Biggie Smalls, Jason Reynolds, Tiffany D. Jackson, Paule Marshall, Bridgett Davis, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Alfred Kazin, Pauli Murray, Howard Zinn, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jenny Zhang, and all the books mentioned on the tour can be checked out at local Brooklyn Public Library branches. The walking tour can be downloaded on smartphones or opened via web browser; in total, the tour takes slightly over two hours to complete. 

“On every block, Brooklyn’s literary heritage is on display—from the streets of Bed-Stuy to the paths of Prospect Park. The BPL Literary walking tour will help you learn about the poets, novelists and memoirists for whom the borough has been both home and inspiration,” Chief Librarian Nick Higgins told 6sqft. “Not only is the fall weather perfect for a walk or a stroll, you can discover the books from your favorite stops when your visit your local library where our doors are wide open.”

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