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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 National Historic Site Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia for around six years, and he spent his last year in the city living in this red brick building with his wife...

The Rosenbach Museum & Library Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Founded in 1954, The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses the personal collections of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother Philip Rosenbach,...

Pearl S. Buck House Perkasie Pennsylvania

This sixty-eight-acre estate in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, was home to Pearl S. Buck from 1935 to her death in 1973. Visitors are invited to...

Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena California

Founded in 1894, Vroman's is an independent family-run bookstore, a literary landmark, and a community center. The bookstore hosts over 400 events...

Square Books Oxford Mississippi

Square Books is a general independent bookstore in three separate buildings (about 100 feet apart) on the historic town square of Oxford,...

Rowan Oak Oxford Mississippi

Built in 1844, Rowan Oak was the home to William Faulkner and his family for over forty years. The house and its grounds are open to visitors for...

Kerouac House Orlando Florida

Jack Kerouac lived in this house in Orlando, Florida at the time On the Road made him a national sensation. Kerouac also wrote his follow...

Diesel Bookstore Oakland California

Diesel is an independent neighborhood bookstore that hosts regular author events. The store also has branches in Malibu and Santa Monica,...

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home Oak Park Illinois

Ernest Hemingway was born and spent his first six years in this Queen Anne Victorian house in Oak Park, Illinois. Today, the house is owned and...

Ernest Hemingway Museum in Oak Park Oak Park Illinois

A short walk from the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum, housed inside the Oak Park Arts Center, the Ernest Hemingway Museum is host to permanent...

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