Literary Map of NYC Featured in Literary Manhattan Article

I’m excited to announce that Literary Map of NYC is featured in a Literary Manhattan article, “How virtual reality could lead to a local bookstore renaissance“. The article talks about digital technology, location-based technology in particular, and its innovative use for the literary industry. Explaining the current trends and future possibilities in the field, it introduces Literary Map of NYC as one of a few notable literary map projects. It says that our interactive map “is a book lover’s dream” and “has the power to literally transform words on the page into experiences in the street”. Check it out.

As described in the article, Literary Manhattan kindly donated us the data points they collected for their app, Library Atlas. The entries from “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist ” and “Inferno (a poet’s novel)” are from their data. Many thanks to Literary Manhattan!

Literary Map of NYC Launched!

I am proud to announce the launch of Literary Map of NYC. 

New York City is a magical place for me. When I moved to NYC in May 2000, I was thrilled to walk on the streets of Paul Auster’s City of Glass or Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City. Although it was my first time in NYC, in my mind, I already knew the city through the books I had read. I remember I walked around the town, overlaying literary passages on the real streets of New York. 

The books set in New York have a special place in my heart. As I learned more about the city, I realized how location plays an essential role in literature. It sets a tone, conveys emotion, and connects readers to the text. A place tells its story, and a story tells about a place. This interconnection between literature and geographical location is what I want to explore at Literary Map of NYC.

There are so many literary passages that express the vibes, the history, and the life of New York. I believe that every corner in NYC has a story. My mission is to archive NYC locations in literature and put them on an interactive map. I hope this project helps you further understand literary texts and sites around you.