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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 Bookie's Paperbacks & More Chicago Illinois

Since 1989, the Bookie's Paperbacks & More has been selling used books. Their inventory includes a wide selection of new bestsellers, mystery...

The Gallery Bookstore Chicago Illinois

The Gallery Bookstore was established in 1927 and sells general used books, magazines, and ephemera. They are home of the "Florence Hanley...

Read/Write Library Chicago Chicago Illinois

Formerly known as the Chicago Underground Library, the Read/Write Library Chicago is a location-specific archive of independent and small press...

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...

Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry Cleveland Heights Ohio

Mac's Backs-Books is a neighborhood bookstore and book exchange with three floors of new and used books and magazines. It hosts readings, book...

Thurber House Columbus Ohio

Thurber House was the home to James Thurber and his family when he attended Ohio State University (from 1913-1917), and today it serves as a ...

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians Columbus Georgia

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians operates a museum in McCullers's childhood home, presents extensive educational and...

Tennessee Williams' Birthplace Columbus Mississippi

The Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. The author made history...

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House Concord Massachusetts

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (circa 1690) is most noted for being home to the Alcott family. The house is also where Louisa May Alcott wrote...

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