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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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Folger Shakespeare Library Washington District Of Columbia

Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials, as well as major collections of other rare...

Fort McHenry National Monument Baltimore Maryland

While taking cover in Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, Francis Scott Key composed what is arguably the nation's most famous...

Freebird Books Brooklyn New York

Freebird Books was established in 2004 by Samantha Citrin and Rachel London, and is now owned by local resident, Peter Miller. The shop is located...

Garden District Book Shop New Orleans Louisiana

Garden District Book Shop resides inside the historic property called the Rink at the corner of Washington Avenue and Prytania Street, in New...

George Herget Books New Orleans Louisiana

Located in the Garden District, in the midst of the city's "antique row," George Herget Books specializes in music and Southern Americana, but has...

Green Apple Books San Francisco California

Founded in 1967, this independent bookstore provides new and used books of all genres. Green Apple often hosts local authors for readings and book...

Greenlight Bookstore Brooklyn New York

Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo have a combined twenty-six years in the bookstore and publishing industry. In 2009, they...

Grolier Poetry Bookshop Cambridge Massachusetts

Founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie, the original Grolier book shop stocked mainly private press books, some poetry, and a...

Grub Street Boston Massachusetts

Founded in 1997, Grub Street is one of the largest independent centers for creative writing in the United States; its mission is "to be an...

Guidon Books Scottsdale Arizona

Founded in 1964, Guidon Books is an independent bookstore that features a variety of new and out-of-print books on the American Civil War,...

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