Walking Book Tours on the South Coast

We’re bringing walking book tours to the South Coast where we use books as an excuse to take afternoon walks! We stole this idea from the Brits (see here) but are putting a decidedly South Coast spin on it by choosing books and/or authors with a connection to our region.

Here are some upcoming rambles:

  • in summer, we'll walk around downtown New Bedford, following Ralph Waldo Emerson's footsteps and his New Bedford sources of inspiration;
  • later in the year, we'll explore the vibrant Acushnet Avenue North End district of New Bedford with former Mayor John Bullard's autobiography, Hometown.

Walking Book Tour participants on the beach at West Island, FairhavenWhat’s a walking book tour, anyway? It’s the opportunity to get outside with fellow book lovers and explore a new corner of the South Coast and wonderful books with some connection to the South Coast.

When and where is the next walking book tour?

On July 17, we'll gather in the garden of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House to walk in the 19th century footsteps of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. We'll learn how Emerson's time in New Bedford led to some of his most notable work. In particular, we'll talk about Mary Rotch's influence on Emerson.

We'll be using Emerson's essay Self-Reliance as the lynchpin for our walk. You can find that in most collected works of Emerson. It's also available online here. As always, there is no need to read the book (or, as here, the essay) to come and enjoy the walking book tour.

The July 17 event is FREE but pre-registration is required here. 

Sponsored by the New Bedford Cultural Council, Mass Cultural Council and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House.