Explore the famous fictional maps of the Huntington – NBC Los Angeles


What there is to know

  • “Mapping Fiction” at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanic Gardens; also look for special events related to the exhibition
  • January 15-May 2, 2022
  • With admission; reservations are required on weekends and public holidays

Reach the Huntington Library, the Art Museum and the Botanic Gardens?

If you’ve never been to the San Marino landmark before, there’s a good chance you’ll be looking at some map of some sort, a clear set of instructions that mark out your starting point, the streets you need to take, and , ultimately, most importantly, the address of The Huntington (which would be 1151 Oxford Road).

In short, a map is a fairly important tool, a timeless device, whether on paper or on screen, which makes it easier to move around.

Like us real-world humans, literary figures have also found a lot to like about maps, although the sometimes surreal surveys they view are not so recognizable to the reader.

The Huntington will celebrate some of literature’s most acclaimed, creative and unusual atlases, all while bringing together many of the priceless maps from the museum’s vast and august collection of documents and books.

These treasures will be on display for more than three months as part of “Mapping Fiction”, an exhibition that explores the imaginary places that the authors create in such a memorable way.

The centenary of James Joyce’s masterpiece “Ulysses” is one of the prompts for this fascinating event, which will feature “Dublin map-inspired intaglio prints as depicted in the book , other mappings from the novel and the famous texts it alludes to, and documents related to the annual Bloomsday celebration in Dublin on June 16 – the only day in 1904 that the novel takes place. “

A first edition of “Ulysses” will also be part of the presentation.

Other maps will include a JRR Tolkien map from “The Lord of the Rings”, a Robert Louis Stevenson map from “Treasure Island” and Octavia E. Butler’s maps for “Parable of the Talents” and “Parable of the Trickster ”, the author’s unpublished novel.

A number of special events planned at the Huntington will complement the exhibit, including a chance for families to try card-inspired board games. There is also a literary tourism event that can be found in our own historic city, the Los Angeles of Chandler, Bradbury and beyond.

These in-person events will take place later in the winter and spring, including two events reflecting Octavia E. Butler’s connections to her hometown of Pasadena. These will take place not far from The Huntington, La Pinturesca branch of the Pasadena Public Library.


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