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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Capitol Books & News Montgomery Alabama

Established in 1950, this bookstore is located in a house, allowing visitors to browse shelves of books in different rooms. Cookbooks and...

Capitol Hill Books Washington District Of Columbia

Capitol Hill Books is a used bookstore located on historic Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with two floors of used books, first editions, and...

Caravan Book Store Los Angeles California

This family-run antiquarian bookstore has been selling rare books and ephemera since 1954. Located in downtown Los Angeles, across the street from...

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Flat Rock North Carolina

Carl Sandburg and his family lived in this house from 1945 until Sandburg's death in 1967. Today, National Park Service Rangers or park volunteer...

Casa Genotta Sea Island Georgia

Located within the resort community of Sea Island, Georgia, this landmark was once home to American playwright Eugene O'Neill and his wife,...

Casa Libre en la Solana Tucson Arizona

Located in Tucson, Arizona, Casa Libre en la Solana ("free house in the sun") is a community venue that provides classes, readings, and other...

Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass' Home Washington District Of Columbia

After Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery, he spent the rest of his life fighting for justice and equality for all people. Cedar Hill was...

Cellar Door Books Riverside California

Cellar Door Books is an independent and locally owned bookstore for all ages in the Canyon Crest Town Center in Riverside, California. Cellar Door...

Center for Literary Arts San José California

The Center for Literary Arts provides lectures, conversations, seminars, and readings—including its long-standing Major Authors Series, which...

Central Library of Los Angeles Los Angeles California

The Central Library in downtown Los Angeles has been producing literary events for over twenty years, including the popular ALOUD reading series...

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