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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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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...

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative Madison Wisconsin

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative is a cooperatively owned and managed independent resource center in Madison. The store houses progressive books,...

Quimby's Chicago Illinois

Quimby's is an independent bookstore specializing in "unusual publications, aberrant periodicals, saucy comic booklets, and assorted fancies." The...

Quail Ridge Books Raleigh North Carolina

Founded in 1984, Quail Ridge Books & Music is an independent bookstore that provides a wide variety of carefully selected books, events,...

Printed Page Bookshop Denver Colorado

Printed Page Bookshop is a used bookstore that houses several booksellers under one roof. The booksellers carry rare and out-of-print books in...

Printed Matter, Inc. New York New York

Printed Matter, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Chelsea, is one of the world's largest publicly available sources for artists' books....

Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Princeton New Jersey

The principal repository of rare books and manuscripts at Princeton University, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections comprises...

Prairie Lights Bookstore Iowa City Iowa

Prairie Lights Bookstore opened its doors in 1978 as a small, intimate bookshop, and since then, it has grown to become a literary institution in...

PowerHouse Arena Brooklyn New York

PowerHouse Arena—a self-proclaimed laboratory for creative thought—is a gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance, and events space located in...

Powell's Bookstores Chicago Chicago Illinois

Powell's Bookstores, Chicago has been selling used, rare, and discounted books for over forty years. There are two independent retail locations of...

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