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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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Lorraine Hansberry House Chicago Illinois

The renowned playwright Lorraine Hansberry lived here with her family until she went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1948. Her father's...

City Lit Books Chicago Illinois

Owner Teresa Kirschbraun has lived in the Logan Square neighborhood for twenty-five years and opened City Lit in 2012, the first indie...

Lilly Library Bloomington Indiana

The Lilly Library hosts exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings and receptions as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations...

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Indianapolis Indiana

Located in Indianapolis, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is a public-benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic,...

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...

Poor Richard's Bookstore Frankfort Kentucky

Poor Richard's Bookstore is named for past Kentucky poet laureate Richard Taylor and is owned by Lizz Taylor. The only independent bookstore in...

Carmichael's Bookstore: Clifton/Crescent Hill Louisville Kentucky

Carol Besse and Michael Boggs opened the first location of Carmichael's Bookstore in 1978, and Carmichael's has been owned and operated by them...

Garden District Book Shop New Orleans Louisiana

Garden District Book Shop resides inside the historic property called the Rink at the corner of Washington Avenue and Prytania Street, in New...

Octavia Books New Orleans Louisiana

Octavia Books is an independent, locally-owned bookstore located uptown in New Orleans. The store regularly hosts author events such as signings,...

Faulkner House Books New Orleans Louisiana

Located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, Faulkner House Books is a full-service new and used independent bookstore. In addition...

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