The State Centers for the Book linked by US Route 1, which extends from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, are joining together to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states and commonwealths literary heritage for readers travelling the major and meandering highway. The formal announcement of the project will be made September 5 at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. At that time, the Route1Reads.org website will be made live.
New York’s Empire State Center for the Book’s Route1Reads selection is John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley, In Search of America.” It is a travelogue written by Mr. Steinbeck depicting a 1960 road trip around the United States made by the author, in the company of his standard poodle, Charley. His travels start in Sag Harbor when he leaves on the Shelter Island Ferry and roughly follow the outer border of the United States. Some of his trip was along Route 1.
New York is not only celebrating Route 1 Reads with Steinbeck’s book but has a cocktail to go along with the book. Mixologist Gregory Seider created the Travels with Charlie cocktail for Sag Harbor’s Baron’s Cove Resort.