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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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The Center for Fiction New York New York

Founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, The Center for Fiction, is a nonprofit organization devoted solely to the art of fiction. Its mission...

The Cornelia Street Cafe New York New York

Established in 1977, the Cornelia Street Cafe is a literary venue in the heart of Greenwich Village. The cafe and restaurant feature a downstairs...

The Elliott Bay Book Company Seattle Washington

Founded in 1973 and located in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood business district, The Elliott Bay Book Company is a full service...

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Key West Florida

Built in 1851 and home to Ernest Hemingway for more than ten years (starting in 1931), this house in Key West, Florida is now open to the public...

The Flannery O’Connor - Andalusia Foundation Milledgeville Georgia

The Flannery O’Connor - Andalusia Foundation is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and appreciation of Andalusia, the final home of...

The Frost Place Franconia New Hampshire

Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts, the Frost Place is located in the farmhouse where poet Robert Frost and...

The Haunted Bookshop Iowa City Iowa

The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City's oldest secondhand bookshop, carries over 40,000 used, rare, out-of-print, and antiquarian titles in over fifty...

The Hermitage Bookshop Denver Colorado

Established in 1973, The Hermitage Bookshop is located in a bricks-and-mortar building in the heart of Cherry Creek North in Denver, Colorado. The...

The Homer Bookstore Homer Alaska

Founded in 1974, the Homer Bookstore is the oldest independent bookstore on the Kenai Peninsula. It offers a wide variety of books and e-...

The Hurston/Wright Foundation Bowie Maryland

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover, educate, mentor, and develop African American writers. Named for literary geniuses...

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