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This database of writerly destinations—places writers can visit for inspiration, to promote their writing, for research, and to discover community—includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that can be used to plan reading tours and visits to literary meccas, or just to keep track of your favorite literary locales.

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Unnameable Books Brooklyn New York

Unnameable Books is a bookstore located in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Founded as "Adam's Books" before being renamed, the store...

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books New York New York

The name of this bookshop is less a political statement and more of a description of owner Jim Drougas' business philosophy—the independent store...

Village Books Bellingham Washington

Founded in 1980, Village Books is a community-based independent bookstore located in the Historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington....

Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena California

Founded in 1894, Vroman's is an independent family-run bookstore, a literary landmark, and a community center. The bookstore hosts over 400 events...

W.H. Auden's Brooklyn Heights Home Brooklyn New York

W.H. Auden lived in the brownstone on the corner of Montague Street and Montague Terrace from October 1939 to September 1940. A plaque on the...

Walden Pond and Thoreau Cabin Concord Massachusetts

Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. Today, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and...

Walt Whitman Birthplace South Huntington New York

The Walt Whitman Birthplace was built in 1819 by Walter Whitman, father to the poet Walt Whitman. Today the Birthplace house and Interpretive...

Walt Whitman's Tomb Camden New Jersey

Located about five miles from Philadelphia, Harleigh Cemetery is home to the tomb of American poet and transcendentalist Walt Whitman (1819-1892...

Washington Irving Monument Tulsa Oklahoma

This monument was erected and donated to the public by Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Norman Wright to commemorate the visit of the great author to this...

Washington Irving's Sunnyside Tarrytown New York

Author Washington Irving designed his Sunnyside home himself, starting in 1835. The grounds reflect Irving's romantic view of art, nature, and...

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