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Literary Places

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.

  • New York, NY

    192 Books is a general interest bookstore in the Chelsea neighborhood featuring recent titles and past best-sellers, as well as selected rare and out-of-print books, on a variety of subjects, including literary fiction, art and photography,... read more

  • New York, NY

    Since 1939, the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center has given audiences a chance to hear writers in every literary genre offering frequent talks and events throughout the year.

  • New York, NY

    Alabaster Bookshop is the last of the secondhand bookstores that once lined Fourth Avenue. Just around the corner from the Strand, this bookshop is much smaller and more affordable, with trade paperbacks sold at half the cover price and two... read more

  • New York, NY

    A project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, this bookshop focuses on books in French and English, with more than fourteen thousand contemporary and classic titles from thirty French-speaking countries. Throughout the year, Albertine... read more

  • New York, NY

    Argosy Book Store has been in business for eighty nine years, making it New York City's oldest independent book store. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Argosy has an extensive stock of antiquarian and out-of-print items. The store... read more

  • New York, NY

    Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. The organization hosts a New York events series featuring author... read more

  • Astoria, NY

    Astoria Bookshop hosts regular readings and workshops, including the "Boundless Tales Reading Series" and the "Oh! Bernice Reading Series."

  • New York, NY

    B&B Rare Books specializes in eighteenth through twentieth century American, British, and French literature, modern first editions, poetry, mystery and detective fiction, children's literature, and signed and inscribed books. After graduating... read more

  • New York, NY

    Barnes & Noble stores are open seven days a week, average 25,000 square feet, and regularly host author events. Each year, they work directly with publishers to book national touring authors for an estimated 2,500 appearances in stores across... read more

  • New York, NY

    Barnes & Noble stores are open seven days a week, average 25,000 square feet, and regularly host author events. Each year, they work directly with publishers to book national touring authors for an estimated 2,500 appearances in stores across... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Barnes & Noble stores are open seven days a week, average 25,000 square feet, and regularly host author events. Each year, they work directly with publishers to book national touring authors for an estimated 2,500 appearances in stores across... read more

  • New York, NY

    Bauman Rare Books was first housed in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, then moved to Madison Avenue between Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Streets thirteen years ago. The shop has a constantly changing display of over 4,000 books and... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop is New York's only all poetry bookstore. They sell poetry books and chapbooks, celebrate art, creativity, performance, and the handmade, and are a partner to many small presses local to Brooklyn, around the country,... read more

  • New York, NY

    Bluestockings is a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The store carries over 6,000 titles of social-justice themed books on such topics as race, class, and the environment, in addition to... read more

  • New York, NY

    With the strong support of the Morningside Heights community and the faculty and administration of Columbia University, Book Culture is a true community bookstore. Founded in 1997, the store features new and classic fiction and nonfiction,... read more

  • New York, NY

    This independent bookstore was originally known as Biography Bookshop, and was located on the corner of Bleecker and Eleventh Streets when it opened in 1984. Upon moving to 266 Bleecker Street in 2010, the shop's name changed and is now known as... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, is owned by author Emma Straub and her husband Michael Fusco-Straub. The bookstore sells everything from best-sellers to a wide selection of kids’ books to... read more

  • New York, NY

    Books of Wonder opened on September 2, 1980 as a bookshop specializing in antique children's books. Today, the shop stocks new titles as well as beloved classics and still has a large selection of old, rare, and collectible children's books. Many... read more

  • New York, NY

    Bowery Poetry is home to poets, writers, and artists of diverse talents and skill sets. The venue is run by Bowery Arts + Science, a nonprofit organization that encourages cooperation and advancement among artists and cultural workers, aims to ... read more

  • New York, NY

    Chartwell considers itself "a bookstore in the classic tradition." For thrity years they have been selling rare and out-of-print Winston Churchill books, as well as books on the military, motors, baseball, photography, jazz, classic fiction, and... read more

  • New York, NY

    Crawford Doyle Booksellers has been a neighborhood institution for over eighteen years. The staff carefully selects titles to ensure that the small space offers only the most exciting and thought-provoking books. The shop is a member of the... read more

  • New York, NY

    Donald Herald Rare Books, Prints & Maps offers antiquarian books and prints in the areas of botany, ornithology, natural history, Americana and Canadiana, Native Americans, voyages and travels, maps and atlases, photography, and more. The... read more

  • New York, NY

    East Village Books is a used bookstore whose owner, Donald Davis, was deemed to be the year's most heroic bookseller by the Village Voice in 2011. The store takes in close to five hundred used books a week including scholarly libraries,... read more

  • Bronx, NY

    Built in 1812, this wooden farmhouse was where Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849. Poe wrote his most famous poetical works here, including "Annabel Lee," "The Bells," and "Eureka." Now restored to its original... read more

  • New York, NY

    The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes, close to 9,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, and about 65,000 media elements, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature,... read more

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