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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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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe New York New York

An established downtown Manhattan institution, the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and one hundred percent...

Idle Time Books Washington District Of Columbia

Open since 1981, Idle Time Books houses 50,000 used, recent, and out-of-print books, as well as greeting cards, newspapers, records, and CDs....

Ignatius J. Reilly Statue New Orleans Louisiana

A bronze statue of Ignatius J. Reilly, the main character in John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces, stands at the entrance...

Iliad Bookshop North Hollywood California

Located in North Hollywood, California, Iliad Bookshop is one of the largest used bookstores in the Los Angeles area. The store specializes in...

James Cummins Bookseller New York New York

James Cummins Bookseller was founded in 1978 and has its main store on Madison Avenue in New York City, New York, as well as two locations in New...

James Merrill House Stonington Connecticut

James Merrill came to Stonington in 1954 and took up residence at 107 Water Street with his companion, David Jackson. Merrill spent summers in...

John Hay Library Providence Rhode Island

The special collections library of Brown University, the John Hay Library contains more than 3,000,000 items. Holdings range from Babylonian clay...

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...

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