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July 27th, 2012
Wittliff Collections hold over Rick Riordan exhibit


If you go…

What: “Rick Riordan’s World of Myth and Mystery”. Exhibition of the children’s book author’s collections.

When: Extended to Tuesday, July 31.

Where: The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University’s Alkek Library. Check exhibition hours here.

Who: The exhibit was curated by Steve Davis with Ken Fontenot


The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University has extended the run of an literary exhibition on best-selling children’s book author Rick Riordan.

“Rick Riordan’s World of Myth and Mystery” was scheduled to close last week but will remain on display on the seventh floor of the university’s Alkek Library until Tuesday, July 31.

“We’ve had such a tremendous response from Rick’s fans that we’ve decided to leave the exhibition up a few weeks longer,” curator Steve Davis said.

Winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award in 2011, Riordan is creator of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and the storyline and first volume of the 39 Clues—all for young readers. He lives in San Antonio.

Riordan has been donating his literary archives to the Wittliff Collections at Texas State since 2004. The exhibition includes early journals, unpublished manuscripts, and his first rejection letter (received as an eighth grader), book proposals, story ideas, and materials that illuminate his working process, such as hand-drawn plot maps.

More than 700 people showed up to a reading Riordan gave at Texas State in May.

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