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.

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Liberty Bay Books Poulsbo Washington

Liberty Bay Books started as Shotwells Bookstore in 1977, purchased by current owner Suzanne Droppert in 1996. This local independent bookstore...

Librairie Bookshop New Orleans Louisiana

Librairie Bookshop has been in business since 1967 selling hardcover volumes and ephempera, and is located near Jackson Square in the French...

Libros Schmibros Los Angeles California

Founded in 2010, Libros Schmibros is a lending library and used bookstore that seeks to foster the literary and cultural life of Boyle Heights in...

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Denver Colorado

A community-based center for the art and craft of writing, Lighthouse Writers Workshop offers writing workshops and master classes, seminars on...

Lilly Library Bloomington Indiana

The Lilly Library hosts exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings and receptions as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations...

Longfellow Books Portland Maine

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...

Longfellow House Cambridge Massachusetts

Built in 1759 by a wealthy royalist, this house was occupied by Henry W. Longfellow from 1837 to 1882. Previously, the house also served as...

Louis Collins Books Seattle Washington

Louis Collins Books specializes in out-of-print scholarly books, with an emphasis on Antrhopology. The shop also locates out-of-print books for...

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...

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...

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