Where are the most lively literary communities?

Every community should be lucky enough to have someone who pulls together a comprehensive calendar of regional literary events. Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks these sites are useful:

It takes a lot of work to maintain an events calendar, which is why some sites attempt to crowdsource the effort by enabling user-generated event listings:

More commonly, the calendar for a single organization, special event, or venue is available online. These are great resources, but their necessary limitations make them less efficient for users than the broader regional literary event calendars:

Does your community have a lively literary scene? Central Connecticut State University ranked 75 cities with populations of 250,000 or more for America’s Most Literate Cities 2009. Landing in the top spots were:

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Portland, Oregon
  7. St. Paul, Minnesota
  8. Boston, Massachusetts
  9. Cincinnati, Ohio
  10. Denver, Colorado

beach reading

  Photo courtesy of Simona Barbu

Why aren’t cities in warmer climates, many of which have large populations of retirees, represented on the list? Is Atlanta the only Southern city with a literary scene? Don’t surfers like poetry? C’mon.

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