Flaneur Walk Northampton

Looking for something to do in Northampton? Go on a flaneur walk! Buy a copy of Strictly Pedestrian by Connolly Ryan and Mental Detours by Betsy Wheeler, and you're off on an adventure that leads you through the city like nothing you've experienced before!

In the Flaneur Walks Pamphlet Series, writers create poetic, conceptual walking tours of the cities in which they live in order to guide readers through a re-exploration, re-habitation and re-experiencing of their urban space.  Readers purchase the pamphlets/maps and take the tour as the writers instruct.  Eye opening, interactive, and fun.

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Northampton, Massachusetts is the site of our first Flaneur Walks, and we couldn't be happier! Northampton is a renowned cultural hub in the western region of Massachusetts, which Andrea Sachs of the Washington Post says, "is by tradition a place of activists, artists, intellects and rainbows."  

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In Strictly Pedestrian, Connolly Ryan is a maestro of language and wit with an uncanny ability to see the world for all its beauty and ignorance. Adapting the role of the traditional poet-guide and giving it a modern-day twist, Ryan orchestrates a walk that not only leads readers through Northampton's many hidden gems, but also through its multiple mythologies and cultural delineations. Imagine Virgil leading Dante through the Underworld, but with lots of humor and no monsters! Those who know Northampton well will nod their heads with knowing, while first-time visitors will be enthralled by the many layers of humanity concentrated in downtown and just beyond.

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mental detours


Transform Northampton, MA into your muse with Mental Detours, a self-guided writing and walking adventure. With pen in hand, step outside as author Betsy Wheeler leads you through a series of site-specific writing exercises designed to get you off the beaten track—to slow down, notice, and interact with the city in a way you've never done before. Use the blank pages in the book as your canvas and be inspired by Paradise City's chirping lights, bike paths, and steeples! A perfect outing for writers and creatives of every level. Not a writer? Grab your drawing pencils or camera and enjoy!

A perfect outing on your own or with friends.

Buy it now! $7.95

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