In her travels, as in her writing, Nobel Prizewinning author Toni Morrison is drawn to places with complex, layered histories. "There are so many crevices and secrets," she explains. "It's interesting to go and find little remnants of the past." This month, Morrison heads to Philadelphia for the East Coast premiere of Margaret Garner (215/732-8400; www.operaphilly.com), the opera she cowrote with Grammy Awardwinning composer Richard Danielpour. Here, she reveals a few of her favorite discoveries around the world.
Morrison was impressed by Cincinnati's new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (513/333-7500; www.freedomcenter.org): "Because the exhibitions are so closely linked with the city's history, the center is vital in a way that a cold museum is not."
When she's in New York, Morrison indulges at Capsouto Frères (451 Washington St.; 212/966-4900; dinner for two $75). "Their fresh pasta is the best, and they have a great dessert soufflé."
"I generally don't buy souvenirs, but I do like mismatched antique silver tableware. I seem to have a lot of luck at the annual antiques fair at the Place St. Sulpice in Paris" (www.foiresaintgermain.org).