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Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction

lit_lands_totemCentral Library in Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
February 2 to October 25, 2015
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday:10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

Maps of imaginary places have accompanied literature for centuries. Visualizing the fanciful worlds described in works of fiction sets the stage for events taking place in a story and often provides insight into the characters themselves.

In this exhibition of forty items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to the story. People and creatures—even those who exist only in tales—are related to place, and maps of their imaginary worlds allow readers to be transported into the geography of fantasy.


The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years

JD_Messiah_88A2840Central Library in Copley Square (Cheverus Room)
March 24 to September 5, 2015
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday–Saturday:9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. The Bicentennial Exhibition draws from Handel and Haydn’s extensive archives and wide community to tell the story of its 200 years of musical legacy that embodies the cultural heritage and development of the city and the nation.