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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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Edgar Allan Poe Cottage Bronx New York

Built in 1812, this wooden farmhouse was where Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849. Poe wrote his most famous...

Books in the Hood Bronx New York

A small family-owned bookstore located in the South Bronx, Books in the Hood carries new and used books in all genres of literature. The shop...

Brookline Booksmith Brookline Massachusetts

Founded in 1961 as Paperback Booksmith, Brookline Booksmith is an independent bookstore that sells both new and used books. The store hosts...

Pete's Candy Store Brooklyn New York

Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Pete's Candy Store is a performance space, bar, and club. The venue hosts weekly poetry readings and other...

Richard Wright's Former Residence Brooklyn New York

A plaque honoring Richard Wright is mounted on the writer's former residence in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. Wright often visited the nearby...

WORD Brooklyn New York

Established in 2007, WORD is a 1,000 square-foot independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, New...

BookCourt Brooklyn New York

Established in 1981, BookCourt is an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York. The store hosts author events, reading groups—a Spanish book...

Greenlight Bookstore Brooklyn New York

Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo have a combined twenty-six years in the bookstore and publishing industry. In 2009, they...

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers Brooklyn New York

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers was established in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg in 1999. The shop specializes in used, rare,...

PowerHouse Arena Brooklyn New York

PowerHouse Arena—a self-proclaimed laboratory for creative thought—is a gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance, and events space located in...

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