Lowell’s own Roger Brunelle, who invented the guided tours of Kerouac’s literary sites in Lowell, will lead several tours during the Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, including “Ghosts of the Pawtucketville Night” on Friday, Oct. 1, at 6.30 pm. Explore many of the locations written about in Kerouac’s novel “Doctor Sax,” set in 1936, the year of “The Flood.” The tour begins at Cumnock Hall, UMass Lowell, One University Avenue. Wear your walking shoes and bring a flashlight if you wish. Festival organizers suggest a donation of $5 for the adventure. To see the full schedule of tours and other events, visit www.uml.edu/artsandideas or www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org
You may see the ghost of Bob Dylan at the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes and Way of the Cross behind the Franco-American School (former Ayer Mansion), which figures prominently in “Doctor Sax.” Dylan visited in 1975.