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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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Hearthside Books Juneau Alaska

Founded in 1975, Hearthside Books & Toys has two locations in downtown Juneau and Nugget Mall. Hearthside supports Alaskan authors and hosts a...

Hedgebrook Women Writers' Retreat Seattle Washington

Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary...

Henry Miller's Brooklyn Heights Home Brooklyn New York

Henry Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, lived at 91 Remsen Street from 1924 to 1925 with his second...

Here's A Book Store Brooklyn New York

Owner Sylvia Levy says her shop is both "the best book store and the worst in the neighborhood" because it's the only one left. Since 1975, the...

Herman Melville's Arrowhead Pittsfield Massachusetts

Built in 1783, the Arrowhead was the home of Herman Melville for thirteen years. The works Melville wrote at Arrowhead included Moby-Dick...

Hotel Boulderado Boulder Colorado

Built in 1909 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hotel Boulderado is where character Paul Sheldon goes to write his books in...

Hotel del Coronado Coronado California

Founded in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a setting in literature, film, and legend. The most famous work of literature involving the hotel...

Houghton Library Cambridge Massachusetts

The primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard University, the Houghton Library houses collections that focus on the study of...

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....

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