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Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur

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The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a nonprofit arts center, bookstore, and performance venue in Big Sur, California, documenting the life of the late writer, artist, and Henry Miller. Emil White built the house for Miller in the mid-1960s. After Miller died in 1980, White dedicated the property as a memorial to Miller and as a gallery where local artists could show their work. In 1981, with the help of the Big Sur Land Trust, White formally organized "The Henry Miller Memorial Library". White was director of the institution until he died in 1989. The Big Sur Land Trust managed the library until October 1998, when the non-profit The Henry Miller Memorial Library Inc. was created to sustain the library.
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  • Cimmune with Henry Miller, with lots of his and other books and other stuff. We stumbled upon it. The one staff person was very personable 
    Cimmune with Henry Miller, with lots of his and other books and other stuff. We stumbled upon it. The one staff person was very personable  more »
  • This place is such a hidden gem. We enjoyed our stop so much. Tucked back in the redwoods with funky, outdoor art installations, a book store to peruse and make purchases from, and a stunning place... 
    This place is such a hidden gem. We enjoyed our stop so much. Tucked back in the redwoods with funky, outdoor art installations, a book store to peruse and make purchases from, and a stunning place...  more »
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  • A very special place and always worth a visit :) the bookstore is full of both standard bookshelves and single books hanging around in plastic bags. There are a few interesting pieces of art. And, often, there are visiting artists playing music. The most peaceful vibes imaginable! Visit to reset your brain.
  • We park on the 1 and walk in through an open gate in the 8ft fence. Last night’s festivities are being loaded up on the open lawn. In front of us is a low slung cabin, wide and relaxed, inviting. Books hang from the eves, a whimsical remnant of the pandemic when no one went inside. They hang from trees too, wrapped in plastic and available for purchase. The library itself is a bookstore with quotes and old movie posters and photos and letters framed. Miscellanies in the best sense. I wander the small room in three circles, pausing with a different book each time. Tempted to purchase. Instead, I chat with the owner and the show presenter putting on a sold out concert tonight. They agree to sell me a door ticket four hours before doors and I leave delighted, excited to be back in a few hours for live music. I return in the late afternoon to the open lawn transfigured by rugs and camp mats and camp chairs, tables adorned with flower. The stage is flower lined and a whole band is set up. Alone, I mingle and meet people, easily and quickly feeling a part of this gathered community of big surites and Bay Area fans. A space of beauty. I Loved reading the Henry Miller letters, articles and quotes pasted around. I stood outside the bathroom at the back reading Pico Iyer’s 1991 profile of the man who the space memorializes. For book lovers and curios. For wanderers needing a tree rimmed break from the highway and the gathered hordes in the state park parking lots. I’m wondering what Big Sur was like before we all started “doing it for the gram” and stopped coming to it the peace and silence and solitude of the cliffs and the ocean. At The Henry Miller Library I caught a glimpse.

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