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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Bookbook New York New York

This independent bookstore was originally known as Biography Bookshop, and was located on the corner of Bleecker and Eleventh Streets when it...

BookCourt Brooklyn New York

Established in 1981, BookCourt is an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York. The store hosts author events, reading groups—a Spanish book...

Bookfinger Los Angeles California

Bookfinger is an independent bookstore specializing in used, rare, and out-of-print books. Their stock includes art, photography, and design books...

Bookmans Used Books Tucson Arizona

After his father sold him the store for just one dollar, Bob Oldfather opened Bookmans in 1976. By 1986, with the store’s original building set to...

BookPeople Austin Texas

Founded in 1970, BookPeople is the largest independent bookstore in Texas. The store hosts regular author events, book club discussions, storytime...

Books & Books Coral Gables Florida

Books & Books is an independent, locally owned bookstore with three locations in South Florida, plus stores in Grand Cayman, Westhampton Beach...

Books for America Washington District Of Columbia

Books for America is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that distributes donated new and used books and other forms of educational...

Books in the Hood Bronx New York

A small family-owned bookstore located in the South Bronx, Books in the Hood carries new and used books in all genres of literature. The shop...

Books of Wonder New York New York

Books of Wonder opened on September 2, 1980 as a bookshop specializing in antique children's books. Today, the shop stocks new titles as well as...

Bookshop Santa Cruz Santa Cruz California

Founded in 1966, Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large, general independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California. ...

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