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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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Women & Children First Chicago Illinois

Founded more than thirty years ago in Chicago, Women & Children First is only 3,500 square feet in area, most of which is one large open room...

Writers WorkSpace Chicago Illinois

Writers WorkSpace is a writers' studio in Chicago, Illinois. Facilities include quiet desk space, a lounge and kitchen, a conference room, lockers...

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...

Sandmeyer's Bookstore Chicago Illinois

Since 1982, the family-owned Sandmeyer's Bookstore has been selling new books in Chicago's South Loop. The shop carries new releases, travel...

Barbara's Bookstore Chicago Illinois

Since its first location on Wells Street in the early 1960s, Barbara's Bookstore has opened stores across Chicago: large neighborhood stores...

Quimby's Chicago Illinois

Quimby's is an independent bookstore specializing in "unusual publications, aberrant periodicals, saucy comic booklets, and assorted fancies." The...

Seminary Co-op Bookstore Chicago Illinois

The Seminary Co-operative Bookstore is an independent bookstore with three branches in the Chicago area. The flagship is located in the basement...

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. Chicago Illinois

The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop was established in 1938 and specializes in "Lincolniana," as well as material related to the Civil War and U.S....

After-words Chicago Illinois

After-words is an independent bookstore in downtown Chicago with over fifty-five thousand new and used books. The bookstore sells a variety of...

Bookworks Chicago Illinois

Bookworks is an independent bookstore that sells popular hardbacks and paperbacks, as well as out-of-print and rare books, recordings, and old...

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