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.
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.
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.