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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 Theodore Roethke Home Museum Saginaw Michigan

Located in Saginaw, Michigan, the Theodore Roethke Home Museum is the childhood home of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Theodore Roethke (...

The Strater Hotel Durango Colorado

In August 2012, room 222 in the Strater Hotel was designated a literary landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988). For...

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...

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...

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 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 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 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 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 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...

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