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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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City Lit Books Chicago Illinois

Owner Teresa Kirschbraun has lived in the Logan Square neighborhood for twenty-five years and opened City Lit in 2012, the first indie...

Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry Cleveland Heights Ohio

Mac's Backs-Books is a neighborhood bookstore and book exchange with three floors of new and used books and magazines. It hosts readings, book...

Thurber House Columbus Ohio

Thurber House was the home to James Thurber and his family when he attended Ohio State University (from 1913-1917), and today it serves as a ...

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians Columbus Georgia

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians operates a museum in McCullers's childhood home, presents extensive educational and...

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House Concord Massachusetts

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (circa 1690) is most noted for being home to the Alcott family. The house is also where Louisa May Alcott wrote...

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...

Ralph Waldo Emerson House Concord Massachusetts

Built in 1828, this square frame house served as the home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and his second wife, Lydia Jackson, from 1835 to his death in...

The Old Manse Concord Massachusetts

Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, became the center of Concord’s political,...

Books & Books Coral Gables Florida

Books & Books is an independent, locally owned bookstore with three locations in South Florida, plus stores in Grand Cayman, Westhampton Beach...

Hotel del Coronado Coronado California

Founded in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a setting in literature, film, and legend. The most famous work of literature involving the hotel...

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