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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 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,...

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe New York New York

Founded in the early 1970s, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet Miguel...

The Ninth Street Book Shop Wilmington Delaware

Established in 1977 by Delaware school teachers Jack and Gemma Buckley, the Ninth Street Book Shop is a family-owned independent bookstore...

The New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division New York New York

The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and...

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...

The Mother Colony House Anaheim California

Constructed in 1857, the Mother Colony House, one of the oldest buildings in Anaheim, California, is an American Territorial–style cottage built...

The Morgan Library & Museum New York New York

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (...

The Loft Literary Center Minneapolis Minnesota

Incorporated in 1975, the Loft Literary Center offers creative writing courses and hosts readings and other literary events, as well as sponsoring...

The Library of Congress: Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room Washington District Of Columbia

The Rare Book and Special Collections Division traces its beginnings to Thomas Jefferson's wish to create a library for statesmen and for the...

The Library of Congress Washington District Of Columbia

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest...

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