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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City Lights Booksellers & Publishers San Francisco California

Founded in 1953, this independent bookstore is also an historical landmark, offering three floors of books from major publishing houses as well as...

Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee House Santa Fe New Mexico

Collected Works is an independent and locally-owned business, located in downtown Santa Fe which has an inventory of over 30,000 titles, including...

Cornell University's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections Ithaca New York

The principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials at Cornell University, the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections...

Dashiell Hammett’s Home San Francisco California

891 Post Street was home to Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, in the 1920s. An historical marker indicates the location of...

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library Durham North Carolina

Located at Duke University, the Rubenstein Library contains the Duke University archives, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and...

Denver Public Library Denver Colorado

Since 1995, the Denver Public Library Central branch has been the largest library between Los Angeles and Chicago. Central Library is located next...

DIESEL Books Oakland California

DIESEL is an independent neighborhood bookstore that hosts regular author events. The store also has branches in Malibu and Santa Monica,...

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden Springfield Massachusetts

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is a historic landmark located in the green quadrangle at the center of the Springfield Museums...

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage Bronx New York

Built in 1812, this wooden farmhouse was where Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849. Poe wrote his most famous...

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia for around six years, and he spent his last year in the city living in this red brick building with his wife...