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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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Buffalo Street Books Ithaca New York

Founded in 1981, Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca’s community-owned cooperative bookstore. The store stocks a wide assortment of fiction,...

Strand Book Store New York New York

Founded in 1927 by Ben Bass, Strand Book Store was originally one of forty-eight bookstores on Book Row, which existed in the 1890s and ran from...

St. Mark's Bookshop New York New York

Established in 1977, St. Mark's Bookshop is an East Village institution and well known for its selection of critical theory and art books. The...

The Center for Fiction New York New York

The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit in the United States solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. It hosts literary events, including...

Washington Irving's Sunnyside Tarrytown New York

Author Washington Irving designed his Sunnyside home himself, starting in 1835. The grounds reflect Irving's romantic view of art, nature, and...

The Writers Room New York New York

Located in downtown Manhattan, The Writers Room is a nonprofit urban writers' colony that provides writers with affordable workspace in New York...

Paragraph New York New York

Paragraph is a membership organization that provides affordable workspace for writers in New York City. Facilities include thirty-eight...

Poets House New York New York

Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a national poetry library and...

Richard Wright's Former Residence Brooklyn New York

A plaque honoring Richard Wright is mounted on the writer's former residence in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. Wright often visited the nearby...

WORD Brooklyn New York

Established in 2007, WORD is a 1,000 square-foot independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, New...

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