There are a number of writers’ houses throughout the country. There are houses devoted to the life and work of Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, William Faulkner, Edith Wharton, and Walt Whitman. I make no comparison, yet I am linked to these writers, and the writers even before them. The museumís purpose is the preservation of my literary materials, which I offer as a gift to Fresno, my hometown. Fresno has been the setting for a good many of my novels, short stories, essays, and poems. My thirty-five plus books have sold nearly four million copies and my work has been featured in thirty million textbooks, so I figure there might be some curiosity regarding my writing life.
The Gary Soto Literary Museum opened at Fresno City College in February 2011. It is located in the Old Administration Building, first floor, west wing. To arrange a tour, call the College Activities office at (559) 265-5711. For those unable to visit in person, here are some photos of the space.
There are nine 'stops' on this audio tour.