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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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Seite Los Angeles California

In 2010, Adam Bernales and Denice Diaz opened Seite Books within a shared space with Diaz's mother selling dresses. The store now contains about...

Second Story Books Washington District Of Columbia

Since Allan Stypeck purchased Second Story Books in 1973, it has grown to one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world. Two locations...

Sandmeyer's Bookstore Chicago Illinois

Since 1982, the family-owned Sandmeyer's Bookstore has been selling new books in Chicago's South Loop. The shop carries new releases, travel...

Sandman Book Company Punta Gorda Florida

Sandman Book Company is an independent, locally owned bookshop in Punta Gorda, Florida. Presided over by bookstore cat Kitty-Wan Kenobi, the shop...

Sam: Johnson's Bookshop Los Angeles California

Opened in 1977 by Larry Myers and Bob Klein, the owners have been friends since high school. The shop sells rare books for collectors, as well as...

Rowan Oak Oxford Mississippi

Built in 1844, Rowan Oak was the home to William Faulkner and his family for over forty years. The house and its grounds are open to visitors for...

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Carmel California

Robinson Jeffers built Tor House and Hawk Tower as a home and refuge for himself and his family.  It was in Tor House that Jeffers wrote all...

Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum St. Helena California

Established in 1969, the Silverado Museum is a non-profit organization that houses one of the world's most distinguished collections of...

Riverby Books Washington District Of Columbia

Riverby Books is a used-book store located on Capitol Hill. The store's collection includes volume sets, rare books, and best-sellers. Open daily...

Richard Wright's Former Residence Brooklyn New York

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...

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