Touring the place that (maybe) inspired Melville, and other literary stories of Albany

Herman Melville c 1846-1847 by Asa Weston Twitchell

A young Herman Melville, from a portrait by Asa Weston Twitchell. / image via Wikipedia

Bookmarked: Maeve McEneny Johnson will be leading a free literary history walk of Albany October 4. Blurbage:

The Capital Region is full of stories! ... Our guide Maeve McEneny Johnson brings us around the city of Albany and tells us about local literary connections including where Herman Melville may have come up with the idea of Moby Dick and local talks by Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde.
We'll admire the buildings, visit some Albany neighborhoods, but more importantly, Maeve will tell us the stories behind Albany's surprising literary history. Albany was the home to many literary legends, such as our own William Kennedy and Gregory Maguire.

The tour is co-organized by the Albany Institute and WMHT as part in conjunction with The Great American Read.

The tour meets at 6 pm on Thursday, October 4. And it's free.

Literary trivia
As part of same Great American Read collaboration, there's also a Trivia for Book Lovers night at the University Club tonight (September 27) at 7 pm. It's free -- there will be a cash bar and light fare available.

The club is at 141 Washington Ave, right Dove from the Albany Institute.

+ That time whales swam to Albany
+ The Karner Blue

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