One for the Road: Dorothy Parker’s New York

The ArtPlace Series from Roaring Forties Press is one of my all-time favorites. The concept is fantastic — each book describes the life of an artist (or group of artists) as it relates to the city that he/she/they lived in. The possibilities are endless, and in New York alone I’m sure a whole sub-series of titles could be created.

The one they have published for NYC is a real winner: A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York is a unique guide that explores over 100 locations associated with the famous poet, drama critic and political activist. Written by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, founder of the Dorothy Parker Society, the book takes travelers on a thorough and well-documented tour of the places where she lived and worked. Readers can use the five maps and 150 illustrations to trace the footsteps of this celebrated writer and founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.

Fitzpatrick conducts occasional literary walking tours in NYC that explore the haunts and homes of Parker and other members of the Algonquin Round Table. The next one is coming up on May 13. And this June marks the 40th anniversary of Parker’s death — a special celebration at the Algonquin Hotel is planned for August 22. Sign up for the Society’s newsletter to receive more info about that and other upcoming events.