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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 Library of Congress: Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room Washington District Of Columbia

The Rare Book and Special Collections Division traces its beginnings to Thomas Jefferson's wish to create a library for statesmen and for the...

The Library of Congress Washington District Of Columbia

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest...

The Last Bookstore Los Angeles California

The Last Bookstore opened in 2005 in a loft in downtown Los Angeles. It is now the largest independent bookstore in California, with over 100,000...

The Lantern Washington District Of Columbia

The Lantern has been selling used and rare books since 1977. The selection is eclectic and contains an assortment of donated hardcovers,...

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...

The Huntington Library San Marino California

The Huntington Library is one facet of The Huntington, a private nonprofit institution. The Library is one of the largest and most complete...

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 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 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 Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas Seattle Washington

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that...

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