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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

    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

  • New York, NY

    McNally Jackson Books, located in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, stocks about 40,000 books at any given time and sprawls over 7,000 square feet. The bookstore hosts regular talks, readings, workshops, and book groups.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    This expansion store of McNally Jackson Books located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a two-story space with a large selection of literature and a robust children’s book section. The shop also hosts readings, talks, and panels across a range of... read more

  • New York, NY

    Located in Greenwich Village, Mercer Street Books and Records has been tracking down, buying, and selling interesting, esoteric, and weird books for over twenty years. They stock used, out-of-print, and new books in almost any subject, as well as... read more

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Since opening in late 2006, P.S. Bookshop has been selling used, rare and out-of-print books in the Dumbo district of Brooklyn, New York. The shop specializes in architecture, art, design, and photography, but also has a large selection of poetry... read more

  • New York, NY

    Paragraph is a membership organization that provides affordable workspace for writers in New York City. Facilities include thirty-eight partitioned desks, a kitchen and lounge area, hi-speed Internet, a library, lockers, and a laser printer.

  • New York, NY

    Patchin Place, a quiet dead-end alley off West Tenth Street, was home to many writers, musicians, and artists over the years. Notable residents included John Reed (1 Patchin Place), e.e. cummings (4 Patchin Place), Djuna Barnes (5 Patchin Place... read more

  • New York, NY

    Pete's Tavern, the oldest continuously operating tavern in New York City (founded in 1864), was famously the refuge of short story writer O. Henry (aka William Sydney Porter). He supposedly wrote "Gift of the Magi" in a booth at Pete's in 1905,... read more

  • New York, NY

    Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center. Located in Battery Park City, the 11,000-square-foot space houses a 60,000-volume... read more

  • 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

  • Brooklyn, NY

    PowerHouse on 8th is a bookstore, reading club, mini-gallery, and community space bringing South Slope the best in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, YA, novelty, cooking, decorating, stationery, and more, all from the curatorial minds hived... 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 an iconic Manhattan bookstore founded in 1983. The store is adjacent to the Hunter College campus and hosts book signings, readings, talks, and writing workshops.

    The Lexington Avenue store also includes a high-... 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

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