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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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John’s Grill San Francisco California

Located in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, John's Grill was a setting in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. In...

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center Kyle Texas

Located in Kyle, Texas, the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center is a three-room house that served as the author's residence from her birth in...

Kazoo Books Kalamazoo Michigan

Kazoo Books is an independent, locally-owned bookstore offering a wide selection of quality used books, select new titles, and book ordering...

Kerouac House Orlando Florida

Jack Kerouac lived in this house in Orlando, Florida at the time On the Road made him a national sensation. Kerouac also wrote his follow...

KGB Bar New York New York

In the 1940s, the space currently occupied by KGB Bar was a Ukranian socialist club. KGB opened in 1993 as a Soviet-era themed bar, and it remains...

Kilgore Books & Comics Denver Colorado

Kilgore Books opened its doors in 2008. The store currently carries new and used books, as well as and comics. It also holds weekly events,...

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Washington District Of Columbia

Kramerbooks & Afterwords opened in 1976 and is the first bookstore/cafe in Washington, D.C. The shop has a good stock of LGBT and local...

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Indianapolis Indiana

Located in Indianapolis, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is a public-benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic,...

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation Vero Beach Florida

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation's mission is to preserve and interpret the home of the late poet, and to promote literary programs that...

Left Bank Books St. Louis Missouri

Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is an independently-owned bookstore (with two locations) offering a wide range of new and used books, and...

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