BOOKPACKERS is a vibrant new travel experience taking novels on the road - ‘The Big Sleep’ in L.A., ‘Interview With The Vampire’ in New Orleans, ‘Beloved' in Cincinnati.

BOOKPACKERS uses novels as the late Anthony Bourdain used food - as an invitation to adventure, as portals to places and people, and to empathetic understanding.

“Where now? Where after? Where then?”
— Thomas Wolfe, 'Look Homeward, Angel'

A video introduction to the BOOKPACKERS concept.



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BOOKPACKERS is the vision of contemporary educator Andrew Chater.

Andrew creates inspiring journeys through past and present cultures.  A six-time BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and presenter, he has made over 50 films, mostly historical in subject, for prime-time and educational audiences.  In the UK, he is best known as the face of Timelines TV, a video-rich online resource covering a thousand years of British History in vibrant and engaging style.

BOOKPACKERS is Andrew’s latest project. 

Encouraging empathetic connection in a time of profound division, BOOKPACKERS uses novels to explore the rich and varied cultures of America. 

It is being developed simultaneously as a multi-format travel / media proposition, and as an immersive learning experience.

“Oh, the places you’ll go!”
— Dr. Seuss


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BOOKPACKERS AT U.S.C.

In 2016, Andrew and executive producer Marion Dole brought BOOKPACKERS to the University of Southern California, where it has been adopted as a new cross-humanities venture allowing students to explore American culture through a combination of on-campus classes and immersive travel. 

BOOKPACKERS now exists on the U.S.C. schedule of classes in a variety of forms - see here for more information.


A BOOKPACKERS mood piece filmed in California's Central Valley.

“Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”
— Jack Kerouac, 'On the Road'