Literary Map of the Dewey Decimal System

Literary Map of The Dewey Decimal System

In the novel The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson, only 800,000 people remain in New York City after an attack destroys many of its buildings and most of its infrastructure. One survivor is a former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress. He is custodian of the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman building. Because of his job, he is known as Dewey Decimal. He invents a “system” to help him get through the day. Unofficially, Dewey is an assassin for hire. He travels through the City, hunting his prey.

In this talk we will demonstrate a map ( we created illustrating the path traveled by Dewey. We will discuss how interactive mapping tools can be used to enhance literacy. Our map allows the reader to visualize Dewey’s wanderings through the City and encourages the reader to learn more about the places he visits.