Context Travel and The Fiction Desk join forces to promote link between literature and travel, offer contest

Context Travel’s website now features a month-long series of articles and blog posts focused on the connection between travel and literature, culminating in a reader competition. Posts will be written by Context docents and authors from the literary world, and guest edited by British publishing house The Fiction Desk.

Throughout the month of October, the Context Travel blog – – is featuring posts about bookshops, authors, and literary locations in Context cities, as well as guest posts from authors and publishers. At the end of the month, readers will be asked to vote for the Context City of Literature for 2012. The city with the highest number of votes will get the title and two randomly selected voters will win two spaces on a city walk and a one-year subscription to The Fiction Desk’s anthology series.

“Our clients are avid readers, and they are always interested in new literature – especially if linked to the destination they are about to visit,” says Petulia Melideo, UK manager for Context. “By partnering with The Fiction Desk, we’re able to take our literary coverage to the next level.”

“Travel has always played an important role in great literature, whether it’s authors traveling to exotic places and reporting back in their writing, or readers exploring other countries and cultures through books,” says Rob Redman, editor and founder of The Fiction Desk. “For us, teaming up with Context Travel is a great way to explore how that role has changed and evolved over the years.”

About Context Travel

Founded by National Geographic writer Paul Bennett and graphic designer Lani Bevacqua, Context is a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals, including art historians, writers, architects and gastronomes, who organize and lead walking seminars in fifteen world cities, including: Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Istanbul, and Athens. Travel + Leisure has named Context one of the top European tour companies for its innovative approach to travel and the depth of its programs. To learn more about Context, visit its website at:

The Fiction Desk

Based in the UK, The Fiction Desk publishes a quarterly series of anthologies dedicated to new short fiction. Their titles feature established and debut authors from both sides of the Atlantic, with an emphasis on strong, character-driven storytelling. The company began life as a book blog, until editor Rob Redman relaunched it as a publishing house in 2010. Their second title, All These Little Worlds, is published on September 30. To learn more about The Fiction Desk, visit

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