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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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Shake Rattle & Read: The Book Box Chicago Illinois

Shake Rattle & Read is an independent used-book store that sells a wide variety of older titles, as well as some newer ones. The store stocks...

The Book Table Oak Park Illinois

Co-owners Jason and Rachel met while both working at indie bookstores and after getting married, decided to open the Book Table together. The Book...

The Armadillo's Pillow Chicago Illinois

The Armadillo's Pillow is located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, and sells common, uncommon, and hard-to-find books. They also sell...

The Bookie's Paperbacks & More Chicago Illinois

Since 1989, the Bookie's Paperbacks & More has been selling used books. Their inventory includes a wide selection of new bestsellers, mystery...

The Gallery Bookstore Chicago Illinois

The Gallery Bookstore was established in 1927 and sells general used books, magazines, and ephemera. They are home of the "Florence Hanley...

Read/Write Library Chicago Chicago Illinois

Formerly known as the Chicago Underground Library, the Read/Write Library Chicago is a location-specific archive of independent and small press...

Lorraine Hansberry House Chicago Illinois

The renowned playwright Lorraine Hansberry lived here with her family until she went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1948. Her father's...

City Lit Books Chicago Illinois

Owner Teresa Kirschbraun has lived in the Logan Square neighborhood for twenty-five years and opened City Lit in 2012, the first indie...

Lilly Library Bloomington Indiana

The Lilly Library hosts exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings and receptions as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations...

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Indianapolis Indiana

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

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