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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 Ninth Street Book Shop Wilmington Delaware

Established in 1977 by Delaware school teachers Jack and Gemma Buckley, the Ninth Street Book Shop is a family-owned independent bookstore...

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe New York New York

Founded in the early 1970s, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet Miguel...

The Old Manse Concord Massachusetts

Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, became the center of Concord’s political,...

The Poetry Foundation Chicago Illinois

The first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry, the Poetry Foundation building houses a 30,000 volume poetry library (which...

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...

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library Urbana Illinois

Established in 1936, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has grown to over 300,000 books and over 7,130 linear feet of manuscripts. Particular...

The Regulator Bookshop Durham North Carolina

The Regulator Bookstore is an independent bookseller in Durham, North Carolina. The store buys and sells new and second-hand books, and hosts...

The Rosenbach Museum & Library Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Founded in 1954, The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses the personal collections of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother Philip Rosenbach,...

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Montgomery Alabama

Located in Montgomery, Alabama, the Fitzgerald Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the life and works of F. Scott and...

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Colorado

Founded in 1903 and known for its architecture, the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining and is often...

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