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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 Poisoned Pen Bookstore Scottsdale Arizona

Founded in 1989, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore is an independent bookstore specializing in crime fiction. The store frequently hosts book signings...

Encore Phoenix Arizona

A space created to inspire and motivate individuals to express themselves verbally through the art of spoken word and to encourage people to use...

University of Arizona Poetry Center Tucson Arizona

A "living archive," the University of Arizona Poetry Center houses nearly seventy thousand items related to poetry in its collection. Founded in...

Center for Literary Arts San José California

The Center for Literary Arts provides lectures, conversations, seminars, and readings—including its long-standing Major Authors Series, which...

Stanford University's Special Collections and University Archives Stanford California

Located at Stanford University, the Special Collections and University Archives house over 48,000 linear feet of original materials, an additional...

Bancroft Library Berkeley California

The primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library houses more than 600,000 volumes, 60...

The Steinbeck House Salinas California

Built in 1897 and restored in 1973, this Queen Anne Victorian served as the birthplace and childhood home of John Steinbeck. Today, the house is...

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Carmel California

Robinson Jeffers built Tor House and Hawk Tower as a home and refuge for himself and his family.  It was in Tor House that Jeffers wrote all...

Moe's Books Berkeley California

Founded in 1959, Moe's Books is an independent bookstore and online bookseller that allows visitors to buy, trade, and sell new, used, and out-of-...

Bookshop Santa Cruz Santa Cruz California

Founded in 1966, Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large, general independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California. ...

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