Wilfair's Real Neighborhood

The setting of "Wilfair" is real.

The first book takes place at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles -- that's where the book and its hotel get its name -- as well as the art museum and tar pits up the street. There's also a quick visit in the story to Farmers Market, a famous public market.

This older photo shows almost the entire setting of the first book. The intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax is at the very bottom of the photo, slightly to the right (meaning the fictional hotel and motel would be slightly out of frame). Above it? The museum, and above that, the tar pits (the dark lake to the upper right). Wilshire is the long street that runs along the right of the photo.

Farmers Market, where Sutton works, is not pictured. It's a few blocks off to the left.

Oh, and the grocery store that Fair is thinking of when she says people fall in love in Aisle 6, next to the frozen peas? That's real, too. It's at the very upper right.

Have you been to LA? What did you do here?

photo: Remapping LA


Carly said...

The last time I was in L.A. was when I was bout twelve or thirteen. We took the train and spent the day at Olvera Street, shopping and eating and just wandering around. It was really fun - I love historic stuff. And Mexican food.

Wilfair Book said...

It would be so fun to stroll Olvera Street together! I love it.

One of my favorite artisans is at Olvera. Armando Murillo makes these leather cuffs with your name or whatever you like. They're tough-looking but pretty.

Sutton would be a fan, I think. I suspect, in fact, that Sutton has a few personalized articles of clothing.

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