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

    Posman Books is a family-owned independent mini-chain with two locations in New York City at Chelsea Market and Rockefeller Center. The Chelsea Market Flagship store opened in 2009 and is located near the 10th Avenue entrance, or western side of... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    PowerHouse Arena—a self-proclaimed laboratory for creative thought—is a gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance, and events space located in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood. The space is home to the art book publisher, powerHouse Books, and hosts... read more

  • New York, NY

    Printed Matter, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Chelsea, is one of the world's largest publicly available sources for artists' books. The organization has an open submission process, inviting artists and independent publishers to submit... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    A plaque honoring Richard Wright is mounted on the writer's former residence in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. Wright often visited the nearby Fort Greene Park to write notes for his novel Native Son.

  • New York, NY

    Shakespeare & Co. is a citywide chain with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn that offer a neighborhood feel. Books that earn a spot behind the counter, in the display of best-sellers, are determined by the store's weekly receipts, so as to... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers was established in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg in 1999. The shop specializes in used, rare, and new books on contemporary art, architecture, and various design fields—with an emphasis on... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    The BookMark Shoppe was originally located in Dyker Heights before moving to the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn. Owned and operated by Christine Freglette and Bina Valenzano, who have been friends since junior high school, this independent bookstore... read more

  • New York, NY

    The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the United States solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. It features affordable workspace, grants, classes to support emerging writers, reading groups on classic and... read more

  • New York, NY

    Travel writers Harriet and Arnold Greenberg opened the first travel bookstore in the United States, originally known as the Complete Traveller Bookstore. While the largest number of titles are travel related, the collection also includes many... read more

  • New York, NY

    A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early... read more

  • New York, NY

    The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections... read more

  • New York, NY

    Located in downtown Manhattan, The Writers Room is a nonprofit urban writers' colony that provides writers with affordable workspace in New York City. Facilities include a large loft with forty-two partitioned desks, a writers’ reference and... read more

  • New York, NY

    Founded in 1987 by Philip Schultz, the Writers Studio is a nondegree granting, private school based in Greenwich Village in New York City that offers ten-week writing sessions to poets and fiction writers, plus a weekly craft class in which... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Novelist Thomas Wolfe lived in the brownstone at 5 Montague Terrace from 1933 to 1935. While living there he wrote the short story Only the Dead Know Brooklyn, as well as the novel Of Time and River.

  • New York, NY

    In 1991, the Greenwich Village Historical Society cited Three Lives & Company for being "a pocket of civility." The shop boasts a knowledgeable staff who aide in directing customers to literary books that they might otherwise overlook and... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Truman Capote lived in the basement apartment of 70 Willow Street for ten years, which he rented from his friend Oliver Smith. While living there, he finished Breakfast at Tiffany's and wrote the novel In Cold Blood. Capote's... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Unnameable Books is a bookstore located in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Founded as "Adam's Books" before being renamed, the store specializes in poetry, has an eclectic collection of used books, and carries work from small independent... read more

  • New York, NY

    The name of this bookshop is less a political statement and more of a description of owner Jim Drougas' business philosophy—the independent store aims to neither have oppressively high prices nor try to drive others out of business. Although the... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    W.H. Auden lived in the brownstone on the corner of Montague Street and Montague Terrace from October 1939 to September 1940. A plaque on the house claims Auden wrote the poem "New Year Letter" while he lived there.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Wendy’s Subway is a nonprofit library and workspace that hosts a range of public programs, including interdisciplinary readings and screenings, talks and lectures, discussion and reading groups, writing workshops, and free courses. Its... read more

  • New York, NY

    Westsider Rare and Used Books is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and buys, sells, and trades rare and used books. The shop specializes in fiction and literature, modern first editions, art, illustrated books, graphic design, children'... read more

  • New York, NY

    The White Horse Tavern was made famous by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas as the bar where he drank his last whiskey. Inside, portraits of Dylan Thomas adorn the walls, and a plaque commemorating him hangs above the bar. In the 1950s and 1960s, many more... read more

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