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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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Longfellow Books Portland Maine

Located in the heart of Portland, Longfellow Books sells both new and used books and hosts author readings and a book club. It also offers free...

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...

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...

Louis Collins Books Seattle Washington

Louis Collins Books specializes in out-of-print scholarly books, with an emphasis on Anthropology. The shop also locates out-of-print books for...

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...

Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry Cleveland Heights Ohio

Mac's Backs-Books is a neighborhood bookstore and book exchange with three floors of new and used books and magazines. It hosts readings, book...

Magus Books Seattle Washington

Magus Books has been selling "interesting books for interesting times" in Seattle's University District since 1978, and is one of the oldest and...

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe Asheville North Carolina

Established in 1982 by Emoke B'Racz and located in downtown Asheville, Malaprop's is an independent bookstore and café that serves food from...

Maple Street Book Shop New Orleans Louisiana

Founded in 1964 by two sisters, Maple Street Book Shop consists of two cottages: a pink cottage for new books and a green one for used and rare...

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum Atlanta Georgia

Operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House features guided tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone...

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