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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BookSmart Morgan Hill California

BookSmart is a 10,000 square foot independent bookstore that sells books and educational toys, greeting cards, magazines, coffee, ice cream, candy...

BookWoman Austin Texas

BookWoman is a feminist bookstore in Austin, Texas. Founded over 30 years ago, BookWoman hosts an in-store BookWoman and BookGoddess book groups...

Bookworks Albuquerque New Mexico

Bookworks is a locally-owned, locally-operated, independent bookstore in Albuqueque that was founded in 1984. The store hosts regular events,...

Boston Center for Adult Education Boston Massachusetts

Founded in 1933, the Boston Center for Adult Education is the oldest nonprofit adult education center in New England. It brings educational...

Boswell Book Company Milwaukee Wisconsin

Boswell Book Company opened in April 2009 in the Downer Avenue location of Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, a beloved Milwaukee bookstore that had...

Boulder Book Store Boulder Colorado

Boulder Book Store is the largest independent bookstore in Boulder, Colorado. It hosts more than two hundred events every year and is the official...

Brainfood Bookstore Longmont Colorado

Recently established in 2012, Brainfood Bookstore is an independent bookstore located in Longmont's Old Town Marketplace. Brainfood...

Brookline Booksmith Brookline Massachusetts

Founded in 1961 as Paperback Booksmith, Brookline Booksmith is an independent bookstore that sells both new and used books. The store hosts...

Buffalo Street Books Ithaca New York

Founded in 1981, Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca’s community-owned cooperative bookstore. The store stocks a wide assortment of fiction,...

Burke's Book Store Memphis Tennessee

Burke's Book Store, which has survived two World Wars, opened in 1875 as a family business and has been passed on for three generations. Today,...

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