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Grolier Poetry Bookshop

Founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie, the original Grolier book shop stocked mainly private press books, some poetry, and a sampling of avant-garde literature. Today, Grolier is the oldest continuous poetry book shop in the United States, and stocks over 15,000 current volumes of trade, small press, and university publications as well as books related to prosody, poetry markets, and spoken word CDs. The store hosts regular readings, author events, book signings, and more. 

Wellesley Books

Located in Wellesley, Massachussetts, Wellesley Books is a locally-owned, independent bookstore that carries children's books, a selection of cards and gifts, new fiction and nonfiction books, and "gently read" titles. The store hosts readings, author events, and book club meetings.

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians operates a museum in McCullers's childhood home, presents extensive educational and cultural programs for the community, maintains an ever-growing archive of materials related to the life and work of McCullers, and offers fellowships for writers and composers who live for periods of time in the Smith-McCullers home in Columbus.

Thurber House

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 non-profit literary center and Thurber museum. The museum encourages interaction, and visitors are invited to sit on the chairs, play a chord on the piano, and experience the museum as if they were the Thurber's guests. Programs of the Thurber House include the Thurber Prize for Humor, a month-long residency for writers of children's literature, author readings, writing classes for children and adults, and a museum of Thurber memorabilia. 

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg and his family lived in this house from 1945 until Sandburg's death in 1967. Today, National Park Service Rangers or park volunteer guides offer tours through the writer's house. Visitors can also drop in on the bookstore, which offers a broad selection of Sandburg's works.

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

Operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House features guided tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind, a Gone With the Wind movie exhibition, an exhibition showcasing the life and times Mitchell, and the Margaret Mitchell gift shop. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy a variety of programs presented by the Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House.

Robinson Jeffers Tor House

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 of his major poetical works: the long narratives of "this coast crying out for tragedy," the shorter meditative lyrics and dramas on classical themes, culminating in 1947 with the critically acclaimed adaptation of Medea for the Broadway stage. The Tor House Foundation offers docent-led tours and curates a performance and reading series.

Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

Flannery O'Connor lived in this house at 207 East Charlton Street in Savannah from her birth in 1925 until 1938. Visitors to the house museum can see the home as it would have looked when the O’Connor family lived there. The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home also offers a variety of free events throughout the year, including free Sunday lecture series in both the spring and the fall, and the Annual Ursrey Memorial Lecture, which has brought Michael Cunningham, Allan Gurganus, and Jaimy Gordon to Savannah.

Eudora Welty House

For 76 years, Eudora Welty lived and wrote in her home on 1119 Pinehurst Place in Jackson, Mississippi. The Eudora Welty House is a National Historic Landmark and one of the nation's most intact literary house museums. Restored by the Mississipi Department of Archives and History after her death in 2001, the Eudora Welty House is open for tours by reservation. 

Paul Laurence Dunbar House

A modest two-story red brick building with nine rooms, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The surrounding Dunbar Historic District, named after the poet and author, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 30, 1980. Dunbar wrote many of his works while living in Dayton. Today, the house serves as a Dunbar museum and is open for tours.

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