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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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Barbara's Bookstore Chicago Illinois

Since its first location on Wells Street in the early 1960s, Barbara's Bookstore has opened stores across Chicago: large neighborhood stores...

Quimby's Chicago Illinois

Quimby's is an independent bookstore specializing in "unusual publications, aberrant periodicals, saucy comic booklets, and assorted fancies." The...

Seminary Co-op Bookstore Chicago Illinois

The Seminary Co-operative Bookstore is an independent bookstore with three branches in the Chicago area. The flagship is located in the basement...

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. Chicago Illinois

The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop was established in 1938 and specializes in "Lincolniana," as well as material related to the Civil War and U.S....

After-words Chicago Illinois

After-words is an independent bookstore in downtown Chicago with over fifty-five thousand new and used books. The bookstore sells a variety of...

Bookworks Chicago Illinois

Bookworks is an independent bookstore that sells popular hardbacks and paperbacks, as well as out-of-print and rare books, recordings, and old...

Open Books Chicago Illinois

Open Books is "a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and...

Powell's Bookstores Chicago Chicago Illinois

Powell's Bookstores, Chicago has been selling used, rare, and discounted books for over forty years. There are two independent retail locations of...

Ravenswood Used Books Chicago Illinois

Ravenswood Used Books is an independent used book store with thousands of titles in stock. The store focuses on classics and well-known literary...

Selected Works Chicago Illinois

Selected Works is a used bookstore in Chicago's South Loop. The store sells fiction and non-fiction, as well as second-hand sheet music and...

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