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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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George Herget Books New Orleans Louisiana

Located in the Garden District, in the midst of the city's "antique row," George Herget Books specializes in music and Southern Americana, but has...

Librairie Bookshop New Orleans Louisiana

Librairie Bookshop has been in business since 1967 selling hardcover volumes and ephempera, and is located near Jackson Square in the French...

Starling Books & Crafts New Orleans Louisiana

Starling is an occult book and supply shop located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The shop maintains a varied stock of second-hand and...

The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum New Orleans Louisiana

The Beauregard-Keyes House at 1113 Chartres Street was dedicated as a Literary Landmark in honor of Frances Parkinson Keyes. The home was her...

Pontalba Buildings New Orleans Louisiana

In his short story "Hidden Gardens," Truman Capote describes the Pontalba Buildings as "...the oldest, in some ways most somberly elegant,...

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...

Tennessee Williams' Dumaine Street Home New Orleans Louisiana

This property is the only home Tennessee Williams owned in New Orleans, the city he considered his "spiritual home." He lived off and on in the...

Grub Street Boston Massachusetts

Founded in 1997, Grub Street is one of the largest independent centers for creative writing in the United States; its mission is "to be an...

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...

John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections Chestnut Hill Massachusetts

Boston College's Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16,000,000 manuscripts and important collections of architectural...

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