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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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The Huntington Library San Marino California

The Huntington Library is one facet of The Huntington, a private nonprofit institution. The Library is one of the largest and most complete...

Center for Literary Arts San José California

The Center for Literary Arts provides lectures, conversations, seminars, and readings—including its long-standing Major Authors Series, which...

Dashiell Hammett’s Home San Francisco California

891 Post Street was home to Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, in the 1920s. An historical marker indicates the location of...

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers San Francisco California

Founded in 1953, this independent bookstore is also an historical landmark, offering three floors of books from major publishing houses as well as...

John’s Grill San Francisco California

Located in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, John's Grill was a setting in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. In...

Green Apple Books San Francisco California

Founded in 1967, this independent bookstore provides new and used books of all genres. Green Apple often hosts local authors for readings and book...

The Book Club of California San Francisco California

The Book Club of California is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1912. It supports the art of fine printing related to the history...

O. Henry House San Antonio Texas

This house was home to William Sidney Porter, better known as the short story writer O. Henry, in 1885. Today the O. Henry House is a museum open...

Sequoyah's Cabin Sallisaw Oklahoma

Sequoyah built this one-room log cabin in 1829 shortly after moving to Oklahoma. The cabin became the property of the Oklahoma Historical Society...

The Steinbeck House Salinas California

Built in 1897 and restored in 1973, this Queen Anne Victorian served as the birthplace and childhood home of John Steinbeck. Today, the house is...

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