Explore a favorite author’s house. Celebrate Flannery O’Connor’s birthday on March 25 at her family’s farm, Andalusia, in Milledgeville, Georgia (cake and free tours are on the agenda), or take a living history tour with a costumed guide at Louisa May Alcott’s home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts (tours are given every fourth Saturday of the month and reservations are recommended). Click here for a state-by-state directory of author house museums.

Attend an author event at a local bookstore or library. Among this month’s lineup at the Free Library of Philadelphia are discussions with artist Maira Kalman, the creator of an illustrated version of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein (March 9); activist and historian Rebecca Solnit, whose new book is Recollections of My Nonexistence, a memoir of her life as a young artist set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s 1980s punk rock scene (March 12); and journalist Katie Roiphe, author of The Power Notebooks (March 19).

Visit a feminist bookstore in person or online. A favorite is New York City’s Bluestockings, a volunteer-powered bookstore, cafe, and activist center. The store hosts regular book clubs, support groups, and social events, along with many other events ranging from author readings to self-defense workshops. Charis Books & More in Decatur, Georgia, has compiled a list of feminist bookstores in the U.S. and Canada.

Take the Trailblazing Women Writers Tour. This month the American Writers Museum in Chicago is offering a special 60-minute tour spotlighting the lives and works of women writers who broke barriers and paved the way for future generations. Tours are given twice daily at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. Or take a virtual version of the tour on the American Writers Museum App, available on Android and Apple devices. Among the fascinating facts: Mystery scribe Frances Parkinson Keyes was discouraged from writing by both her mother and her husband. Undeterred, she created an attic hideaway for her manuscripts, and at age 34 she published the first of her dozens of novels.

Delve into books about inspiring or intriguing female figures. Two literary-themed suggestions are Virginia Woolf: And the Woman Who Shaped Her World by Gillian Gill, a look into Woolf’s world through the lens of the women who were closest to her, and Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson, which features writers like Mary Shelley who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales.