Henry Miller Memorial Library

Big Sur, California
Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

This Friday – Big Sur Intl Short Film Screening Series Gala Finale REPRISE!!

By popular demand for those who missed it the first time!

We received over 1,000 films from over 100 countries this year. (Our ninth!) Friday we screen, for a second time, the BEST OF THE BEST as selected by our jury (which includes Kirsten Dunst, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, etc.) Note: doors at 7.30 pm.


Big Sur Gala Finale Poster(1) copy 2

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Check out this great review of Godfrey Reggio’s VISITORS (Sept 25 at HML) in the Huffington Post!

visitorsposterMoney quote:

“…see “VISITORS,” because seeing it on less than the big screen and hearing it without digital surround sound might diminish its distinctive poetic voice.”


Let me declare that this is an art film of the first caliber and if you have appreciated Reggio’s “Qatsi” trilogy of heady, intellectual, super-fast, trippy visually-altered imagery (about 1,500 images between all 3 films), then be prepared for his quiet, slow, emotionally poignant “VISITORS.”"

LUCKY FOR YOU, we’ll be screening VISITORS and hold a Q&A with Godfrey and composer Philip Glass here at the Library on Sept.  Tickets here!

And read the HuffPost article here.

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Is Borges the 20th century’s best writer?

We appreciate good hyperbole when we see it.  So what do you think: Is Borges the 20th century’s best writer?

The BBC seems to think so.Borges

[Fun, yet applicable fact: In 1961, Borges was catapulted onto the world stage when international publishers awarded him the first Formentor Prize for outstanding literary achievement.

He shared the prize with Samuel Beckett (the other authors on the shortlist were Alejo Carpentier, Max Frisch and Henry Miller)]

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Who will be the next Big Sur Writing Workshop participant to land a publishing deal? Discuss.

Reason #25 to sign up for the Dec 5-7 @ Big Sur Writing Workshops for picture books, early reader, middle grade & YA fiction: you may land a publishing deal with our co-sponsor Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.!!

keeper_cvr_final_lrIn fact, we’ve brokered countless of publishing deals across the past 18 years – check them out here.

For example: Shannon Messenger landed a six-figure deal at Simon and Schuster for “The Keeper of the Lost Cities” and is represented by ABLA agent, Laura Rennert.

Who will be the next success story??????

And click here for more workshop info and to sign up or just call 831-667-2574.

Oh, and do tell your friends! There’s nothing in the world like it!

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In this week’s installment of legendary Big Surian…the fabled Jaime de Angulo (aka the Old Coyote of Big Sur)

Does the name Jaime de Angulo ring a bell?

If not, do read on, because he’s one of Big Sur’s most colorful and fascinating characters.

In fact, the Library has published a book about his life, an autobiography called the “Old Coyote of Big Sur.” You can buy it here.

Here’s a great video with Heidi Hopkins and the Big Sur History at the DeAngulo Ranch to talking about Jaime’s life, how he made it to Big Sur, and reading excerpts from the book.

Big Sur Historical Society discusses Jaime de Angulo from carmen tedesco on Vimeo.

Jaime was born in 1887 to Spanish parents who first lived in Paris and then came to the US in 1905, when Jaime was 18. For the next decade he was either breaking horses in Colorado or sheepherding or going to medical school – he was a rambling Rennaissance man.

Eventually a stop in Stanford brought him to Carmel. In 1913, Jaime made it to Big Sur, and the rest, well….is history!

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Check it! Fugitive Waves, Episode 7: Just Girls – the Hidden World of Patti Smith & Judy Linn.

Check this out! Courtesy of our friends The Kitchen Sisters comes another slice of amazing audio: Fugitive Waves, Episode 7: Just Girls – the Hidden World of Patti Smith & Judy Linn.  CLICK HERE!
“Just about anytime we walk out of The Kitchen Sisters office in San Francisco we stop and stare in the windows of City Lights bookstore, soaking in the covers of the new arrivals. Awhile back, we were stopped in our tracks by a book of photographs of Patti Smith – Patti staring down the camera, holding a movie camera herself.

It turns out Patti wasn’t just the muse of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the Sixties, she was also muse and model for Judy Linn, an art student and budding photographer in New York.

Paging through Patti Smith 1969-1976, we discovered Judy had that no only photographed Patti, she had made a little super-8 movies too, as the two young women created a world together.

The movies were missing, but the soundtracks remained. Lost and found sound, we thought. Got to hear those recordings, got to meet that photographer. And we did. Fugitive Waves, Episode Number 7: Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith and Judy Linn.”

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TONIGHT. It’s the GALA FINALE of the 2014 Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series at the Henry Miller Library!!

TONIGHT. It’s the GALA FINALE of the 2014 Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series at the Henry Miller Library!!

The Series received over 1,000 short film submissions from over 80 countries this year, and now they’ll be showing the best FIVE (or so), as selected by their Jury (which includes Kirsten Dunst, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, etc!)

$10 suggested donation. Gate opens at 7 PM

Best Popcorn in the World(TM.) Please CARPOOL and park sensibly. Bring flashlights and dress warm!

The Henry Miller Library is located at 48603 Highway 1, Big Sur CA 93920, 25 miles south of Carmel and 1/4 mile south of Nepenthe Restaurant.

Questions? Call us! 831-667-2574.

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Henry Miller on Friendship

Henry-Miller-Chapbook“Shortly after his 80th birthday, Henry Miller wrote an essay on aging. More of a treatise on living life, it was published in 1972 in a chapbook titled On Turning Eighty. Only 200 copies of the book were ever made, with each signed and numbered by the author.

“In one section, Miller comments on the complicated relationship between aging and friendship.

‘What most people fear when they think of old age is the inability to make new friends. If one ever had the faculty of making friends one never loses it however old one grows.

‘Next to love friendship, in my opinion, is the most valuable thing life has to offer. I have never had any trouble making friends, in fact, it has sometimes been a hindrance, this facility for making friends….”

Read the whole thing here.

(Hat Tip: Farnam Street blog)

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