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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B&B Rare Books, Ltd. New York New York

B&B Rare Books specializes in eighteenth through twentieth century American, British, and French literature, modern first editions, poetry,...

Bancroft Library Berkeley California

The primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library houses more than 600,000 volumes, 60...

Barbara's Bookstore Chicago Illinois

Since its first location on Wells Street in the early 1960s, Barbara's Bookstore has opened stores across Chicago: large neighborhood stores...

Battery Park Book Exchange Champagne Bar Asheville North Carolina

Located in downtown Asheville near Malaprop's Bookstore, Battery Park Book Exchange Champagne Bar is a wine bar and used-book store.  Enjoy...

Bauman Rare Books New York New York

Bauman Rare Books was first housed in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, then moved to Madison Avenue between Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth...

Beat Book Shop Boulder Colorado

Established in 1990, Beat Book Shop specializes in "all things American or surreal—or both." The shop also sells used records and books on music...

Beckham's Bookshop New Orleans Louisiana

Beckham's Bookshop has been selling secondhand books in the French Quarter since 1967. The two-story shop contains fifty to sixty thousand books,...

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library New Haven Connecticut

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare...

Bent River Books & Music Cottonwood Arizona

Founded in 2010, Bent River Books & Music is an independent bookstore located in the historic Verde Valley of Arizona between Sedona and...

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop Brooklyn New York

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop got its start as a pop-up shop at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene selling small-press books and chapbooks. Now...