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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...

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library New Haven Connecticut

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare...

Maxwell E. Perkins House New Canaan Connecticut

Built by Hiram Crissey in 1836, this Greek Revival house was home to Maxwell E. Perkins, the editor of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and...

BookSmart Morgan Hill California

BookSmart is a 10,000 square foot independent bookstore that sells books and educational toys, greeting cards, magazines, coffee, ice cream, candy...

Once Upon a Time Montrose California

The nation's oldest children's bookstore, Once Upon a Time was founded in 1966, and is now owned and operated by the Palacios family. Once Upon a...

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Montgomery Alabama

Located in Montgomery, Alabama, the Fitzgerald Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the life and works of F. Scott and...

Capitol Books & News Montgomery Alabama

Established in 1950, this bookstore is located in a house, allowing visitors to browse shelves of books in different rooms. Cookbooks and...

Bienville Books Mobile Alabama

Located in the center of Mobile's business and tourist districts, this independent bookstore offers new and used books of fiction and nonfiction....

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