City Profiles

  • Dorchester
       By Rob Vollmar
    Thomas Hardy’s home, Max Gate, sits at the east end of Dorchester. Photo: Michael Day There are few British authors for whom place played a more important role in their work than Thomas Hardy. By all...
  • Stratford Theatre. Photo by Richard Bain
       By Anna Hernandez
    Stratford Theatre. Photo by Richard Bain For half the year, the hamlet of Stratford, Ontario—named after the birthplace of William Shakespeare—is much like any other small North American town. But in...
  • A still from the film Ten Years
       By Man-Fung Yip
    A still from the film Ten Years (2015). When Hong Kong was returned to communist China in 1997 under the “one country, two systems” principle, no one really knew for sure what would happen t...
  • Frenchmen Street Brass Band. Photo: David Joshua Jennings
    Photos © David Joshua Jennings Literature inhabits the antiquated, potholed avenues of New Orleans like a dense and permanent fog. Stories sweat down from the French Quarter’s trellised terraces, haun...
  • Photo: flickr.com/people/feefoxfotos
       By Alison Wong
    Photo: flickr.com/people/feefoxfotos Like a beautiful, moody lover, Wellington doesn’t need to treat you kindly. Friends may sometimes wonder what you see in it, but when the city is goo...
  • A triptych mural by local artist John Stephens Coppin graces the third floor of the Detroit Public Library.
       By Mickey Lyons
    A triptych mural by local artist John Stephens Coppin graces the third floor of the Detroit Public Library. There are cities that get by on their good looks . . . and there are cities li...
  • Statue of Dylan Thomas
       By Logan Webb
    Photos: Logan Webb Birthplace and home of poet Dylan Thomas for more than half his life, the coastal city of Swansea in southern Wales echoes with his legacy—a residual haunting by i...
  • People walking through Finders Lane
    Photo: Rae Allen In 2008 global humanitarian organization UNESCO classified Melbourne, Australia, an official City of Literature. It’s one of only eleven cities to bear the title wor...
  • Kolkata. Photo by Matthew Winterburn/Flickr
       By Melissa Weiss
    Kolkata. Photo by Matthew Winterburn/Flickr Kolkata has much to offer any traveler, whether history buff, literary aficionado, culture seeker, or wandering flâneur. In several places around the city,...

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