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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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John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections Chestnut Hill Massachusetts

Boston College's Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16,000,000 manuscripts and important collections of architectural...

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...

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center Kyle Texas

Located in Kyle, Texas, the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center is a three-room house that served as the author's residence from her birth in...

Kepler’s Books Menlo Park California

Kepler’s Books was founded in Menlo Park in May 1955 by peace activist Roy Kepler. For sixty years, Kepler’s has been the intellectual and...

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...

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Indianapolis Indiana

Located in Indianapolis, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is a public-benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic,...

Lamplight Books Seattle Washington

Lidia Icardi opened Lamplight Books in 2003. Located in Pike Place Market, this used independent bookstore specializes in arts, culture, and...

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation Vero Beach Florida

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation's mission is to preserve and interpret the home of the late poet, and to promote literary programs that...

Left Bank Books St. Louis Missouri

Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is an independently-owned bookstore (with two locations) offering a wide range of new and used books, and...

Left Bank Books New York New York

Located in the West Village, Left Bank Books specializes in literary first editions (fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction), and books on...

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