Henry Miller’s best friend Emil White built the house that is now the Library in mid-1960s. He named it the Henry Miller Memorial Library in 1981, a year after Henry died and, with the help of the Big Sur Land Trust, created the non-proﬁt organization we now know.
Our Mission Statement is thus: “The Henry Miller Library is a public beneﬁt, non-proﬁt 501 (c) 3 organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. The Library also serves as a cultural resource center, functioning as a public gallery/performance/workshop space for artists, writers, musicians and students. In addition, the Library supports education in the arts and the local environment. Finally, the Library serves as a social center for the community.”
The Library hosts events throughout the year, but particularly in the summer months (May-October), including music, lectures, book signings, and countless community events including the Esalen Gazebo School benefit, our Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series, Big Sur Stories, and of course, so much more!
But Didn’t Miller Disapprove of Memorials?
Correct. Memorials, he said, “defeated the purpose of a man’s life. Only by living your own life to the full can you honor the memory of someone.” So, is this place a memorial trying not to be a memorial? Maybe. The best way to find out is to come here, browse, look at what’s on the walls, listen to the music, have a cup of coffee or tea, sit down by the fire, read for a while, do nothing…”
Interview with Library Director, Magnus Torén, on the Soul of California Podcast. HERE.