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The Mother Colony House

Constructed in 1857, the Mother Colony House, one of the oldest buildings in Anaheim, California, is an American Territorial–style cottage built from redwood. It was once home to Nobel Prize–winning Polish writer Henryke Sienkiewicz. The house is now a museum overseen by the Anaheim Library. Tours are given by appointment only.

A Room of One's Own

Founded in 1975, A Room of One's Own is a feminist bookstore in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The store specializes in women's literature and offers a wide selection of fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, music, posters, and T-shirts for and by women. A Room of One's Own also maintains a non-sexist children's section and stocks up-to-date titles in lesbian and gay studies, bisexual and transgender books, gender studies, as well as lesbian and gay male fiction. The store hosts several author events throughout the year.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library

Founded in 1954, The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses the personal collections of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother Philip Rosenbach, which include books, manuscripts, and fine art. The collection also includes the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s first Poor Richard's Almanac, the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the papers of poet Marianne Moore, Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula, and the drawings of Maurice Sendak. The Rosenbach Museum offers guided tours and hosts reading groups and other events.

National Steinbeck Center

Located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, California, the National Steinbeck Center consists of the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall and the Rabobank Agriculture Museum. Programs offered by the center include lectures, film and panel discussions about Steinbeck, authors talks, art openings, and community-based events, such as a Day of the Dead celebration and the annual Steinbeck Festival.

Longfellow Books

Located in the heart of Portland, Longfellow Books sells both new and used books and hosts author readings and a book club. It also offers free parking, free gift wrapping, free advice, free dog biscuits, and free knowledge about books. 

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