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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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The Mother Colony House Anaheim California

Constructed in 1857, the Mother Colony House, one of the oldest buildings in Anaheim, California, is an American Territorial–style cottage built...

Dashiell Hammett’s Home San Francisco California

891 Post Street was home to Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, in the 1920s. An historical marker indicates the location of...

John’s Grill San Francisco California

Located in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, John's Grill was a setting in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. In...

theOffice Santa Monica California

TheOffice was created to provide a comfortable and inspirational work environment for creative professionals. This writing space was designed by...

Green Apple Books San Francisco California

Founded in 1967, this independent bookstore provides new and used books of all genres. Green Apple often hosts local authors for readings and book...

Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena California

Founded in 1894, Vroman's is an independent family-run bookstore, a literary landmark, and a community center. The bookstore hosts over 400 events...

Hotel del Coronado Coronado California

Founded in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a setting in literature, film, and legend. The most famous work of literature involving the hotel...

Cellar Door Books Riverside California

Cellar Door Books is an independent and locally owned bookstore for all ages in the Canyon Crest Town Center in Riverside, California. Cellar Door...

The Book Club of California San Francisco California

The Book Club of California is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1912. It supports the art of fine printing related to the history...

Arcana Books on the Arts Culver City California

Arcana Books on the Arts is located in Culver City and specializes in rare and out-of-print books on twentieth century art, architecture, design,...

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