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

    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

  • 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

    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

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Freebird Books was established in 2004 by Samantha Citrin and Rachel London, and is now owned by local resident, Peter Miller. The shop is located on the Brooklyn waterfront near the docks and container port. Though the hours are limited to the... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Novelist H.P. Lovecraft moved to the first-floor apartment at 169 Clinton Street in 1925 after separating from his wife Sonia Greene. He described the place as "something unwholesome—something furtive—something vast lying subterrenely [sic] in... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Henry Miller, author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, lived at 91 Remsen Street from 1924 to 1925 with his second wife, June. In Plexus, book two of the fictionalized account of his early life, he describes... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Owner Sylvia Levy says her shop is both "the best book store and the worst in the neighborhood" because it's the only one left. Since 1975, the bookstore has stocked new and used books for Sheepshead Bay locals catering to the over half-dozen... read more

  • New York, NY

    James Cummins Bookseller was founded in 1978 and has its main store on Madison Avenue in New York City, New York, as well as two locations in New Jersey. The Madison Avenue store is a quiet and pleasantly furnished book room with a carefully... read more

  • New York, NY

    Located in the West Village, Left Bank Books specializes in literary first editions (fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction), and books on photography, art, music, and film. Although they sell first editions and rare books, Left Bank Books also... read more

  • New York, NY

    In 2009, Brian Leitgeb and his wife opened Mast Books on Avenue A in New York City's East Village. The shop's prices remain modest and affordable, and the collection of used books reflects Leitgeb's personal taste—including literary fiction and... read more

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