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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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Hearthside Books Juneau Alaska

Founded in 1975, Hearthside Books & Toys has two locations in downtown Juneau and Nugget Mall. Hearthside supports Alaskan authors and hosts a...

Hedgebrook Women Writers' Retreat Seattle Washington

Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary...

Herman Melville's Arrowhead Pittsfield Massachusetts

Built in 1783, the Arrowhead was the home of Herman Melville for thirteen years. The works Melville wrote at Arrowhead included Moby-Dick...

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...

Houghton Library Cambridge Massachusetts

The primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard University, the Houghton Library houses collections that focus on the study of...

Idle Time Books Washington District Of Columbia

Open since 1981, Idle Time Books houses 50,000 used, recent, and out-of-print books, as well as greeting cards, newspapers, records, and CDs....

Iliad Bookshop North Hollywood California

Located in North Hollywood, California, Illiad Bookshop is one of the largest used bookstores in the Los Angeles area. The store specializes in...

James Merrill House Stonington Connecticut

James Merrill came to Stonington in 1954 and took up residence at 107 Water Street with his companion, David Jackson. Merrill spent summers in...

John Hay Library Providence Rhode Island

The special collections library of Brown University, the John Hay Library contains more than 3,000,000 items. Holdings range from Babylonian clay...

John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections Chestnut Hill Massachusetts

Boston College's Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16,000,000 manuscripts and important collections of architectural...

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