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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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Pontalba Buildings New Orleans Louisiana

In his short story "Hidden Gardens," Truman Capote describes the Pontalba Buildings as "...the oldest, in some ways most somberly elegant,...

Ignatius J. Reilly Statue New Orleans Louisiana

A bronze statue of Ignatius J. Reilly, the main character in John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces, stands at the entrance...

Tennessee Williams' Dumaine Street Home New Orleans Louisiana

This property is the only home Tennessee Williams owned in New Orleans, the city he considered his "spiritual home." He lived off and on in the...

The Unterberg Poetry Center New York New York

Located at the 92nd Street Y, Unterberg Poetry Center hosts a reading series of approximately thirty events each year, most of which are held in...

The Morgan Library & Museum New York New York

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (...

Fales Library and Special Collections New York New York

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes, close to 9,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, and about 65,000 media...

The Writers Studio New York New York

Founded in 1987 by Philip Schultz, the Writers Studio is a nondegree granting, private school based in Greenwich Village in New York City that...

The New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division New York New York

The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and...

McNally Jackson Books New York New York

McNally Jackson Books, located in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, stocks about 40,000 books at any given time and sprawls over 7,000...

Strand Book Store New York New York

Founded in 1927 by Ben Bass, Strand Book Store was originally one of forty-eight bookstores on Book Row, which existed in the 1890s and ran from...

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