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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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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...

Amherst College's Archives and Special Collections Amherst Massachusetts

The Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College holds more than 80,000 books and 11,000 linear feet of archival materi­als. Notable...

Longfellow House Cambridge Massachusetts

Built in 1759 by a wealthy royalist, this house was occupied by Henry W. Longfellow from 1837 to 1882. Previously, the house also served as...

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House Concord Massachusetts

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (circa 1690) is most noted for being home to the Alcott family. The house is also where Louisa May Alcott wrote...

Walden Pond and Thoreau Cabin Concord Massachusetts

Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. Today, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and...

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