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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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Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library Baltimore Maryland

The Maryland Historical Society, founded in 1844, is the oldest cultural institution in Maryland. The society "collects, preserves, and interprets...

The Baltimore Poe House and Museum Baltimore Maryland

Edgar Allen Poe lived at 203 N. Amity street with his aunt, grandmother, and two cousins from 1833 to 1835. It was here that he wrote his first...

Fort McHenry National Monument Baltimore Maryland

While taking cover in Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, Francis Scott Key composed what is arguably the nation's most famous...

Atomic Books Baltimore Maryland

Atomic Books, a small independent bookstore in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, was reopened by Benn Ray and Rachel Whang in 2001....

Village Books Bellingham Washington

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

Bancroft Library Berkeley California

The primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library houses more than 600,000 volumes, 60...

Moe's Books Berkeley California

Founded in 1959, Moe's Books is an independent bookstore and online bookseller that allows visitors to buy, trade, and sell new, used, and out-of-...

Moravian Bookstore Bethlehem Pennsylvania

The Moravian Book Shop, the oldest bookstore in the world, was founded in 1745 when the Moravian Church appointed Samuel Powell of the Church's...

Alabama Booksmith Birmingham Alabama

Established in 1990, Alabama Booksmith is an independent bookstore offering a storefront as well as an online inventory for customers to purchase...

Lilly Library Bloomington Indiana

The Lilly Library hosts exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings and receptions as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations...

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