The next stop on our road trip through the USA's Deep South is a small city serious literary pedigree – Monroeville, Alabama. Monroeville's quaint architecture and small-town charm might make it seem off the radar to the average traveller, but in reality, this place is a creative force - often referred to as the literary capital of Alabama.
The town has been nurturing talent for generations. Harper Lee, author of the renowned novel, To Kill A Mockingbird was born in the town. As a child, Lee was close friends with her sometime her next-door neighbour, one Truman Capote (author both Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood), who spent his childhood summers in Monroeville.
Harper's Lee's childhood experiences in Monroeville influenced her iconic tale of racial injustice. There are monuments to Lee throughout the town, and there are even Harper Lee dedicated walking tours to guide you around places of interest and monuments that have been erected in her characters' honour. The Old Monroe County Courthouse was used in the classic film adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird's starring Gregory Peck. Today, the building serves as the Monroe County Heritage Museum, with permanent exhibits on Harper Lee and Truman Capote.
The city keeps this creative feeling alive today, holding an annual writers symposium to celebrate the city's literary heritage, with sessions, readings and workshops with acclaimed writers.
For literary fans, there's plenty to see here, but Monroeville - and perhaps the Deep South at large - is much more about soaking up a feeling than it is ticking off a 'things to do' list. If you're looking for inspiration, this is a good place to start.
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