Thursday, August 22, 2013

Take the Nomad Bus Tour!

(This post is a part of the IndieSummer event put together by Rachel from Parajunkee and Lori from Contagious Reads.)

For the Indie Summer tour, each author is writing about a different city. The natural choice for me was New Haven, Connecticut, because much of Nomad is set there, and I did a lot of research about the city while writing the book.

The main character, Raven, travels back in time five decades to assassinate a future dictator when he is still a very young man. She tracks him to New Haven, and things do not go as planned.

If reading Nomad inspires you to visit New Haven, you might want to buy a ticket on the Nomad New Haven Tour Bus to see the sights mentioned in the book! Since the tour bus is imaginary, we’ll say it’s awesome. It’s one of those London double-deckers, with a nightclub on the first level and an open-air cafe on the second. It’s a really cool bus. Here are some of the stops along the way, which your tour guide will describe over the P.A. as you dance and drink your way around town.

New Haven Green: The first “scenic” spot Raven encounters on her trip back to 2013, the Green is an original piece of the New Haven settlement and dates back to 1638. Now a grassy park with three cute little churches, the green was the town’s graveyard for more than a century. Thousands of bodies are buried under the park, though the headstones have long since been removed.

Yale University: Have you ever wondered what it would look like if early twentieth century Americans decided to build a village of Gothic castles with high walls, dark spires, and gargoyles? Thanks to Yale, you don’t have to wonder any longer! The main schools are several stories high, with lovely sharp towers, and give off the sense that you could, just possibly, walk into a medieval royal banquet and get yourself tortured.

Grove Street Cemetery: If you’re still wondering about those missing headstones from the Green, here they are, lined up in rows inside the high, dark walls of Grove Street Cemetery. Full of obelisks and sculptures, the cemetery’s most interesting feature is probably the high front gate, done in ancient Egyptian style, engraved with the words “The Dead Shall Be Raised.”

Kroon Hall: Part of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kroon Hall is not a medieval castle but a building designed with the most advance methods of minimizing its ecological impact. Build with recycled materials, shaped with temperate regulation in mind, and topped with solar collectors, the building also recycles runoff and ground water in a pond filtered by aquatic plants to provide gray water. Raven inadvertently causes a disaster here. I was fascinated to read about the building’s design.

Book Trader Cafe: This cafe sells used hardcovers at very low prices, so it sounds like a place to visit on any trip to New Haven. Raven ducks in here to avoid police and ends up purchasing a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five.

In a scene deleted from the manuscript but not from the author’s heart, Raven eats dinner at a dive seafood restaurant by the wharf, with oysters, clams, and other freshly-caught, expertly prepared New England delicacies. This is where our imaginary tour bus will now stop for lunch.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, fine seafood, or just looking for today's city clue for the Indie Summer event, the answer is the same: New Haven!

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1 comment:

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