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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Politics and Prose Bookstore Washington District Of Columbia

Established in 1984, Politics and Prose is an independent bookstore and cafe in Washington D.C. The store hosts regular author events, readings,...

Pontalba Buildings New Orleans Louisiana

In his short story "Hidden Gardens," Truman Capote describes the Pontalba Buildings as "...the oldest, in some ways most somberly elegant,...

Poor Richard's Bookstore Frankfort Kentucky

Poor Richard's Bookstore is named for past Kentucky poet laureate Richard Taylor and is owned by Lizz Taylor. The only independent bookstore in...

Powell's Books Portland Oregon

The "City of Books," as the four-story flagship store in Portland, Oregon, is known, occupies an entire city block, and carries more than one...

PowerHouse Arena Brooklyn New York

PowerHouse Arena—a self-proclaimed laboratory for creative thought—is a gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance, and events space located in...

Prairie Lights Bookstore Iowa City Iowa

Prairie Lights Bookstore opened its doors in 1978 as a small, intimate bookshop, and since then, it has grown to become a literary institution in...

Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Princeton New Jersey

The principal repository of rare books and manuscripts at Princeton University, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections comprises...

Printed Matter, Inc. New York New York

Printed Matter, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Chelsea, is one of the world's largest publicly available sources for artists' books....

Printed Page Bookshop Denver Colorado

Printed Page Bookshop is a used bookstore that houses several booksellers under one roof. The booksellers carry rare and out-of-print books in...

Quail Ridge Books Raleigh North Carolina

Founded in 1984, Quail Ridge Books & Music is an independent bookstore that provides a wide variety of carefully selected books, events,...

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