Literary Tour of Atlanta
Follow along as worlds from beloved books jump from the page and into real life. See where Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone With the Wind" and experience District 9 from "The Hunger Games" in person. BY MICHELLE KHOURI
In the South, storytelling is as much a staple as the sweet fragrance of magnolia trees. Atlanta may be known as the “Hollywood of the South,” but the written word held reign over this city long before the moving picture. After devastating fires during the Civil War burnt the city to the ground, Atlanta set out to rebuild as a model for a more progressive South. Scholars of every variety helped to make this vision an everlasting reality. Today, you can see the marks left behind by some of these brilliant minds. From Atlantan authors whose homes are now permanent legacies to locations that make fantastical worlds a reality, these are the perfect stops for scholarly sightseers. —MICHELLE KHOURI
“GONE WITH THE WIND”
The sprawling Tudor Revival home (pictured opposite) didn’t all belong to Margaret “Peggy” Mitchell, author of “Gone With the Wind.” Rather, Peggy and her husband, John, rented Apartment 1 on its first floor. Visit the Margaret Mitch
ell House and Museum to tour the apartment where “Gone With the Wind” was born, then explore the museum to view her personal photos and marvel at memorabilia from the 1939 film. Tours offered daily. 979 Crescent Ave., 404.249.7015. www.margaretmitchellhouse.com
“THE HUNGER GAMES”
With over 65 million books sold in the U.S. and more than $1.5 billion in global box-office revenue, this trilogy is one of the most successful literary and movie franchises in history. Best yet, the movie based on the second book was largely filmed in Atlanta. Visit the Goat
Farm Arts Center to bring District 9 straight out of the page. Enter the Capitol at the Marriott Mar
quis or visit President Snow’s luxurious mansion at the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center.
The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking focuses on the history and craftsmanship of paper and book binding. This museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of paper and paper-related artifacts in the world, including 2,000 books, watermarks, tools and manuscripts. Classes teach you to bind, marble paper and more. Open M-F. Free. 500 10th St. NW. paper.gatech.edu
“UNCLE REMUS TALES”
Long before Joel Chandler Harris wrote “The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus,” the Brer rabbit stories were being preserved by skilled African orators. As these stories traveled with slaves from Africa to the American South, many authors put pen to paper to immortalize the characters—but none were as popular as Harris’. Visit Harris’ home, dubbed The Wren’s
Nest, to travel back in time to the turn of the century. Don’t miss exceptional storytelling hour each Saturday at 1 pm. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, 404.753.7735. www.wrensnest.org
This desk at the Margaret Mitchell house shows where “Gone With the Wind” was written.
Book binding class at the Papermaking Museum