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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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Open Books Chicago Illinois

Open Books is "a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and...

Powell's Bookstores Chicago Chicago Illinois

Powell's Bookstores, Chicago has been selling used, rare, and discounted books for over forty years. There are two independent retail locations of...

Ravenswood Used Books Chicago Illinois

Ravenswood Used Books is an independent used book store with thousands of titles in stock. The store focuses on classics and well-known literary...

Selected Works Chicago Illinois

Selected Works is a used bookstore in Chicago's South Loop. The store sells fiction and non-fiction, as well as second-hand sheet music and...

Shake Rattle & Read: The Book Box Chicago Illinois

Shake Rattle & Read is an independent used-book store that sells a wide variety of older titles, as well as some newer ones. The store stocks...

The Armadillo's Pillow Chicago Illinois

The Armadillo's Pillow is located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, and sells common, uncommon, and hard-to-find books. They also sell...

The Bookie's Paperbacks & More Chicago Illinois

Since 1989, the Bookie's Paperbacks & More has been selling used books. Their inventory includes a wide selection of new bestsellers, mystery...

The Gallery Bookstore Chicago Illinois

The Gallery Bookstore was established in 1927 and sells general used books, magazines, and ephemera. They are home of the "Florence Hanley...

Read/Write Library Chicago Chicago Illinois

Formerly known as the Chicago Underground Library, the Read/Write Library Chicago is a location-specific archive of independent and small press...

Lorraine Hansberry House Chicago Illinois

The renowned playwright Lorraine Hansberry lived here with her family until she went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1948. Her father's...

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