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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192 Books New York New York

This general interest bookstore in the Chelsea neighborhood features recent titles and past best-sellers, as well as selected rare and out-of-...

A Children's House of Books Tucson Arizona

A Children's House of Books specializes in children's books. New books are sold at a discount, used books are half-price, and all books are in...

A Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore Madison Wisconsin

Founded in 1975, A Room of One's Own is a feminist bookstore in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The store specializes in women's literature and ...

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. Chicago Illinois

The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop was established in 1938 and specializes in "Lincolniana," as well as material related to the Civil War and U.S....

Alabama Booksmith Birmingham Alabama

Established in 1990, Alabama Booksmith is an independent bookstore offering a storefront as well as an online inventory for customers to purchase...

Alabaster Bookshop New York New York

Alabaster Bookshop is the last of the secondhand bookstores that once lined Fourth Avenue. Just around the corner from the Strand, this bookshop...

Alias Books East Los Angeles California

A used bookstore in the heart of Atwater Village, Alias Books East carries a wide selection of used and out-of-print titles with an emphasis on...

Anthology Booksellers Portland Oregon

Anthology Booksellers is an independent used-book store specializing in used, out-of-print, and rare books in most fields. Owners Marilyn Stablein...

Antigone Books Tucson Arizona

Located in Tucson's Fourth Avenue shopping district, Antigone Books is an independent bookstore with a feminist slant. The bookstore hosts four...

Arcadian Books & Prints New Orleans Louisiana

Arcadian Books & Prints is a small bookshop in the French Quarter owned by Russell Desmond and stocked with volumes of Southern literature and...

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