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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.

  • 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

  • Brooklyn, NY

    WORD has two bookstores, one in Brooklyn and one in Jersey City. Established in 2007, the Brooklyn location is a 1,000 square-foot independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint that hosts everything from the classic author reading and Q&A... read more

  • Jersey City, NJ

    WORD has two bookstores, one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and one in Jersey City. Established in 2013, the Jersey City location has an inventory of current and past favorites from all genres and categories as well as a café serving coffee and treats. ... read more

  • New York, NY

    The Segue Foundation hosts the experimental reading series Segue at Zinc, a continuation of the legendary series that has run for over twenty-five years. Readings feature contemporary poets and writers and take place on Saturday afternoons at 4:... read more

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