This Week in Indie Bookstores


A bookstore in mafia-controlled Sicily refuses to stock a book by the son of a jailed mafia “boss of bosses,” Totò Riina.

P.S.Bookshop, a used bookstore in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, is finally closing after a year-long struggle with higher rent.

Arabic bookstores in Istanbul provide support networks for Syrian refugees.

Taipei’s metro system has a bookstore lane intended only for bookstores, but the mayor’s “narrow-minded focus on commercial profit” has allowed department stores that don’t sell books to rent space.

The Strand in New York City has launched Book Hookup, a subscription box service for book lovers offering monthly boxes filled with signed copies and book-centric bric-a-brac.

Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Billfold, Fiction Advocate, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog, and io9. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →