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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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Snapdragon Inn Windsor Vermont

Constructed in 1815 by John Skinner, 26 Main Street was long owned by Maxwell Perkins, who vacationed here in the summer. Perkins is best known as...

The Ninth Street Book Shop Wilmington Delaware

Established in 1977 by Delaware school teachers Jack and Gemma Buckley, the Ninth Street Book Shop is a family-owned independent bookstore...

The Top Shelf: A Literary Loft Wilmington North Carolina

The Top Shelf: A Literary Loft is a project of Old Books on Front Street. The carefully curated bed-and-breakfast loft on the second floor of...

Watermark Books and Cafe Wichita Kansas

Watermark Books & Cafe is an independent bookstore in Witchita, Kansas. The Watermark Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a...

Wellesley Books Wellesley Massachusetts

Located in Wellesley, Massachussetts, Wellesley Books is a locally-owned, independent bookstore that carries children's books, a selection of...

The Bookcase Wayzata Minnesota

The oldest independent book store in the Twin Cities, The Bookcase has roots dating back to the early 1950s in downtown Minneapolis. The store...

Politics and Prose Bookstore Washington District Of Columbia

Established in 1984, Politics and Prose is an independent bookstore and cafe in Washington D.C. The store hosts regular author events, readings,...

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....

Capitol Hill Books Washington District Of Columbia

Capitol Hill Books is a used bookstore located on historic Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with two floors of used books, first editions, and...

Riverby Books Washington District Of Columbia

Riverby Books is a used-book store located on Capitol Hill. The store's collection includes volume sets, rare books, and best-sellers. Open daily...

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