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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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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....

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...

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