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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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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...

The Haunted Bookshop Iowa City Iowa

The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City's oldest secondhand bookshop, carries over 40,000 used, rare, out-of-print, and antiquarian titles in over fifty...

Midwest Writing Center Davenport Iowa

Founded over thirty years ago by David Collins and Evelyn Witter, Midwest Writing Center offers opportunities for writers and readers alike...

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library Urbana Illinois

Established in 1936, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has grown to over 300,000 books and over 7,130 linear feet of manuscripts. Particular...

Women & Children First Chicago Illinois

Founded more than thirty years ago in Chicago, Women & Children First is only 3,500 square feet in area, most of which is one large open room...

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home Oak Park Illinois

Ernest Hemingway was born and spent his first six years in this Queen Anne Victorian house in Oak Park, Illinois. Today, the house is owned and...

Ernest Hemingway Museum in Oak Park Oak Park Illinois

A short walk from the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum, housed inside the Oak Park Arts Center, the Ernest Hemingway Museum is host to permanent...

Writers WorkSpace Chicago Illinois

Writers WorkSpace is a writers' studio in Chicago, Illinois. Facilities include quiet desk space, a lounge and kitchen, a conference room, lockers...

The Poetry Foundation Chicago Illinois

The first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry, the Poetry Foundation building houses a 30,000 volume poetry library (which...

Sandmeyer's Bookstore Chicago Illinois

Since 1982, the family-owned Sandmeyer's Bookstore has been selling new books in Chicago's South Loop. The shop carries new releases, travel...

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