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Writer's guide to places
Prues, Don, 1967-
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Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
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"A ... reference for making the locales in your writing more authentic, colorful, & memorable"--Cover.

"Covers 50 states, 51 cities, & 10 Canadian provinces"--Cover.
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E169.04 .P78 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A Writer's Magic Carpet Ride - Carry Your Readers from Coast to Coast without Leaving Home

Fill your settings with the insider details readers love - without spending days in a library or weeks on the road. Writer's Guide to Places makes it easy! Featuring all fifty states, ten Canadian provinces, and fifty-one North American cities, this book provides a writer's eye view of hundreds of fascinating locales, from bustling cities and scenic landscapes to tourist traps and small town squares.

You'll find detailed information on each area, including the best locations to set a scene, regional foods and slang, the people and places your characters love, and much more.

Start saving valuable research time and create more realistic settings today. Writer's Guide to Places has all the information you need in a single volume.

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Booklist Review

Writers looking for information on North American locales for their fiction will find Prues and Heffron's book a handy guide. With chapters on all 50 states and one or more cities from almost every state, as well as several Canadian provinces, the book is teeming with historical and cultural facts, some well known, others more obscure. Each chapter includes sections featuring significant events, facts and peculiarities, food popular in the area, myths and misperceptions, and interesting places to set a scene. The city chapters expand on the more general state ones, detailing neighborhoods and famous locales as well as renowned denizens and historical figures. Though it is very clearly an introduction to the locales and not a comprehensive guide, the writers have included a "For Further Research" section in each chapter that will lead the reader to fiction, nonfiction, movies, and Web sites that have more information about the state or city in question. An excellent jumping-off point for beginning location research for a novel or story. --Kristine Huntley

Table of Contents

U.S. States and Cities
Alabamap. 6
Birminghamp. 10
Alaskap. 14
Arizonap. 18
Phoenixp. 22
Tucsonp. 25
Arkansasp. 28
Californiap. 31
Los Angelesp. 36
Sacramentop. 41
San Diegop. 45
San Franciscop. 49
Coloradop. 54
Denverp. 58
Connecticutp. 61
Delawarep. 65
Floridap. 68
Jacksonvillep. 72
Miamip. 75
Orlandop. 78
Tampap. 81
Georgiap. 83
Atlantap. 87
Hawaiip. 91
Idahop. 95
Illinoisp. 99
Chicagop. 103
Indianap. 107
Indianapolisp. 111
Iowap. 114
Kansasp. 118
Kentuckyp. 121
Lexingtonp. 125
Louisvillep. 128
Louisianap. 132
New Orleansp. 135
Mainep. 139
Marylandp. 143
Baltimorep. 147
Massachusettsp. 150
Bostonp. 155
Michiganp. 159
Detroitp. 163
Minnesotap. 167
Minneapolis/St. Paulp. 171
Mississippip. 175
Missourip. 179
Kansas Cityp. 183
St. Louisp. 186
Montanap. 190
Nebraskap. 194
Nevadap. 198
Las Vegasp. 202
New Hampshirep. 206
New Jerseyp. 210
New Mexicop. 215
Albuquerquep. 219
New Yorkp. 222
Buffalop. 226
New York Cityp. 229
North Carolinap. 235
Raleigh-Durham/Chapel Hillp. 239
North Dakotap. 243
Ohiop. 246
Cincinnatip. 250
Clevelandp. 254
Columbusp. 258
Oklahomap. 261
Oregonp. 265
Portlandp. 268
Pennsylvaniap. 271
Philadelphiap. 275
Pittsburghp. 279
Rhode Islandp. 282
South Carolinap. 286
Charlestonp. 289
South Dakotap. 292
Tennesseep. 295
Memphisp. 298
Nashvillep. 301
Texasp. 304
Austinp. 308
Dallas-Ft. Worthp. 311
Houstonp. 315
San Antoniop. 318
Utahp. 321
Salt Lake Cityp. 324
Vermontp. 327
Virginiap. 330
Washingtonp. 334
Seattlep. 338
Washington, DCp. 342
West Virginiap. 347
Wisconsinp. 350
Milwaukeep. 353
Wyomingp. 356
Canadian Provinces and Cities
Albertap. 360
British Columbiap. 362
Vancouverp. 364
Manitobap. 367
Ontariop. 370
Torontop. 373
Quebecp. 377
Montrealp. 379
Saskatchewanp. 382
The Atlantic Provincesp. 384
Canadian Territoriesp. 387
Indexp. 391