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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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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