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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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...

Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe Arizona

Founded in 1974, Changing Hands Bookstore is an independent community bookstore and online bookseller that gives a portion of its proceeds to...

Chartwell Booksellers New York New York

Chartwell considers itself "a bookstore in the classic tradition." For thrity years they have been selling rare and out-of-print Winston Churchill...

Chevalier's Books Los Angeles California

Chevalier's Books, an independent neighborhood bookstore, has been in business since 1940. The store hosts book signings and readings, and has a...

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...

City Lit Books Chicago Illinois

Owner Teresa Kirschbraun has lived in the Logan Square neighborhood for twenty-five years and opened City Lit in 2012, the first indie...

Clues Unlimited Tucson Arizona

Clues Unlimited is a mystery bookstore with over 15,000 volumes and a friendly store hound named Cannelo, who loves to meet with customers when he...

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...

Community Bookstore: Park Slope Brooklyn New York

Community Bookstore in Park Slope is one of Brooklyn's oldest bookstores, offering an array of new titles for adults and children. The store hosts...

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...