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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 Mount Lenox Massachusetts

Built and designed by Edith Wharton in 1902, The Mount is both a historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions of the American...

Herman Melville's Arrowhead Pittsfield Massachusetts

Built in 1783, the Arrowhead was the home of Herman Melville for thirteen years. The works Melville wrote at Arrowhead included Moby-Dick...

Emily Dickinson Museum Amherst Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum comprises two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts, associated with the poet Emily Dickinson 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...

Brookline Booksmith Brookline Massachusetts

Founded in 1961 as Paperback Booksmith, Brookline Booksmith is an independent bookstore that sells both new and used books. The store hosts...

Newtonville Books Newton Centre Massachusetts

Newtonville Books is an independent bookstore in Newton, Massachusetts. The store hosts a one-day writing workshop each month and hosts book club...

Wellesley Books Wellesley Massachusetts

Located in Wellesley, Massachussetts, Wellesley Books is a locally-owned, independent bookstore that carries children's books, a selection of...

Grolier Poetry Bookshop Cambridge Massachusetts

Founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie, the original Grolier book shop stocked mainly private press books, some poetry, and a...

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,...

William Cullen Bryant Homestead Cummington Massachusetts

The William Cullen Bryant Homestead is the boyhood home and later summer residence of William Cullen Bryant. Currently operated by the nonprofit...

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