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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The Haunted Bookshop Iowa City Iowa

The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City's oldest secondhand bookshop, carries over 40,000 used, rare, out-of-print, and antiquarian titles in over fifty...

The Hermitage Bookshop Denver Colorado

Established in 1973, The Hermitage Bookshop is located in a bricks-and-mortar building in the heart of Cherry Creek North in Denver, Colorado. The...

The Homer Bookstore Homer Alaska

Founded in 1974, the Homer Bookstore is the oldest independent bookstore on the Kenai Peninsula. It offers a wide variety of books and e-...

The Hurston/Wright Foundation Bowie Maryland

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover, educate, mentor, and develop African American writers. Named for literary geniuses...

The Last Bookstore Los Angeles California

The Last Bookstore is an independent operation that is home to various literary and art shows, and serves as a haven for the...

The Loft Literary Center Minneapolis Minnesota

Incorporated in 1975, the Loft Literary Center offers creative writing courses and hosts readings and other literary events, as well as sponsoring...

The Morgan Library & Museum New York New York

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (...

The Mother Colony House Anaheim California

Constructed in 1857, the Mother Colony House, one of the oldest buildings in Anaheim, California, is an American Territorial–style cottage built...

The Mount Lenox Massachusetts

Built and designed by Edith Wharton in 1902, The Mount is both a historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions of the American...

The New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division New York New York

The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and...