Author Rick Riordan posted in his blog yesterday about his current exhibition at The Wittliff Collections. For several years the author has been donating special pieces from his archives to the collection which is at the Alkek Library at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
The exhibition (which is open now until July 15th, admission is free) contains various pieces from Riordan’s life including childhood writings and rejection letters from publishers.
This is something Percy Jackson fans will not want to miss as the collection showcases many unique pieces from the novels and movie including:
Riordan’s original manuscript for The Lightning Thief, his hand-drawn map of Camp Half-Blood, his essay describing how the series came into being, foreign editions of Riordan’s novels from many nations, and also the actual sword, “Riptide,” used in the film version of The Lightning Thief.
A curator of The Wittliff Collections, Steve Davis, describes the exhibition as a look into Riordan’s writing process:
What’s especially interesting about this exhibit is that you gain a really deep understanding of Rick Riordan’s work process; how his life as a middle school teacher prepared him to write for children, how he gave up television in order to find time to write, and most important, how he is so adept at drawing from real life and transmuting those episodes, spinning them into literary gold. Rick, unlike many authors, is quite open about the real-life inspirations for his work, and it’s fascinating to see those revealed in this exhibition.
Riordan is scheduled to visit the collection sometime this May for a free public reading and book signing.
For more information about the exhibition you can visit the official website for The Wittliff Collections here.