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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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Libros Schmibros Los Angeles California

Founded in 2010, Libros Schmibros is a lending library and used bookstore in Los Angeles, California. 

National Steinbeck Center Salinas California

Located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, California, the National Steinbeck Center consists of the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall and the...

The Mother Colony House Anaheim California

Constructed in 1857, the Mother Colony House, one of the oldest buildings in Anaheim, California, is an American Territorial–style cottage built...

Dashiell Hammett’s Home San Francisco California

891 Post Street was home to Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, in the 1920s. An historical marker indicates the location of...

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers San Francisco California

Founded in 1953, this independent bookstore is also an historical landmark, offering three floors of books from major publishing houses as well as...

John’s Grill San Francisco California

Located in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, John's Grill was a setting in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. In...

theOffice Santa Monica California

TheOffice was created to provide a comfortable and inspirational work environment for creative professionals. This writing space was designed by...

Green Apple Books San Francisco California

Founded in 1967, this independent bookstore provides new and used books of all genres. Green Apple often hosts local authors for readings and book...

Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena California

Founded in 1894, Vroman's is an independent family-run bookstore, a literary landmark, and a community center. The bookstore hosts over 400 events...

Hotel del Coronado Coronado California

Founded in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a setting in literature, film, and legend. The most famous work of literature involving the hotel...

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