Posts by: Ian MacAllen

Notable NYC: 1/21–1/27

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Saturday 1/21: Women’s March on New York City. Resist. On Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St and 2nd Ave, 11 am, free.

Eléna River, Ryan Collerd, and Carol Snow discuss works of poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Mahogany L Browne, Purvi Shah, and Lauren Whitehead join the Segue Series.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Seattle readers apparently like to drink while browsing for books.

13 million Italians live in municipalities without a bookstore.

The LA Times attempts to figure out what Amazon’s first store in New York City will mean for the Strand.

Seoul, South Korea, now has an employee-free bookstore.

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Notable NYC: 1/14–1/20

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Saturday 1/14: Carol Becker, Luisa Greenfield, Akil Kirlew, Caroline Koebel, Mark Roth, Morgan O’Hara, and Rachel Stevens celebrate the release of the latest issue of ELSE Journal. Powerhouse, 6 p.m., free.

Carrie Bennett, Aimee Harrison, Marco Maisto, Kevin Mclellan, and Travis A.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Instead of yelling at a cloud, one curmudgeonly old man runs a bookstore.

Another curmudgeonly bookseller has taken to charging browsers a fifty-pence fee for looking at merchandise in his used store.

Amazon plans to open a New York City store in the Time Warner Center.

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Notable NYC: 1/7–1/13

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Saturday 1/7: Greenlight Bookstore celebrates the grand opening of the store’s second location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. 632 Flatbush Avenue, 7:30 p.m., free.

Camonghne Felix and José Olivarez join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 1/8: Nancy Hightower, Sarah Perry, Jeremy Freedman, and Linda Harris Dolan join the Sundays at Erv’s reading series.

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Revolution Books in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is exploiting Trump’s election to raise money for a fight against fascism.

People in Japan value neighborhood bookstores so much that local governments are opening government-run stores in an effort to keep community spaces flourishing.

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Notable NYC: 12/31–1/6

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Sunday 1/1: Diana Hamilton, Shiv Kotecha, Krystal Languell, Holly Melgard, Eileen Myles, Tommy Pico, Jenny Zhang, and many others celebrate the 43rd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit reading for the Poetry Project. Poetry Project, 3 p.m., $25.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Chicago’s bookstores, bracing against the looming arrival of a physical Amazon store, are stronger than ever. Check out this roundup of local indie stores.

Fišer bookstore, a Prague institution since the 1930s, is closing.

Korea’s oldest bookstore closed fourteen years ago, but Jongno Books is set to reopen in Seoul.

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Best-selling author James Patterson is handing out bonuses to bookstore employees once again, celebrating the people who make best-selling authors possible.

The Daily Beast has a roundup of some of the best independent bookstores across the country.

As if you needed another reason to move to Canada, Toronto is getting five new bookstores.

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Notable NYC: 12/17–12/23

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Saturday 12/17: Not Straight Against Hate, protest and march. Washington Square, 2 p.m. rally, 5 p.m. march, free.

Alex-Quan Pham and Ronald V. Wilson join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Monday 12/19: Joel Allegretti hosts Davidson Garrett, David Lawton, and LuLu LoLo for a Leonard Cohen tribute.

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Although Brooklyn stalwart BookCourt is sadly set to close at the end of the year, Modern Lovers author and former BookCourt employee Emma Straub plans to open a new shop in the the neighborhood. Books Are Magic, as the shop will be called, will be 1,500 square feet and hopes to open by April.

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Notable NYC: 12/10–12/16

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Saturday 12/10: Mike Albo, Sandra Bauleo, Alexander Chee, Marcy Dermansky, Natalie Diaz, Elif Batuman, Angela Flournoy, Jill Hennessy, Alice Sola Kim, Téa Obreht, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Jamil Smith, Rob Spillman, Emma Straub, Peter Straub, J.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Just announced today: beloved Brooklyn bookstore BookCourt is closing after 35 years in business.

Independent booksellers were the focus of a panel at the Miami Book Fair—discussion focused on how big business was surprised that small business strategies could be useful in selling books.

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Notable NYC: 12/3–12/9

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Saturday 12/3: Natalie Diaz and T’ai Freedom Ford join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 12/4: Jonathan Lethem discusses Italo Calvino. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $8.

Alexandra Kleeman and Kelly Luce join the Sunday Night Fiction series.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Hillary Clinton sought some post-election refuge at Savoy Bookstore in Rhode Island.

Borgo Publishing, a small indie publisher, will open an bookstore in Tuscaloosa.

Iconic Canadian bookstore owner James Munro passed away at the age of eighty-seven.

Washington DC’s Kramerbooks is expanding just in time for a president who claims not to have enough time to read books.

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Notable NYC: 11/26–12/2

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Saturday 11/26: Sarah Kay, Maeve Higgins, Phil Kaye, and Mark Doss read for refugees, as part of the Festival to Improve the World. The Wild Project, 4 p.m., $10.

Monday 11/28: Jason Diamond launches Searching for John Hughes with a conversation with Danielle Henderson.

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Bookstore sales continue to grow.

In the wake of the presidential election, bookstores are becoming more than just shops and are serving their communities as impromptu community centers.

More independent bookstores are becoming publishers.

Bushwick Brooklyn’s Molasses Books has started fundraising for good causes following Trump’s election.

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Notable NYC: 11/19–11/25

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Saturday 11/19: We Are All Affected, a Trump Protest. Union Square, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., free.

Maxe Crandall, Allison Parrish, Charlie Bondhus, and Hal Schrieve celebrate the third issue of Vetch. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Sasha Banks and Alex Cuff join the Segue Series.

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A bookstore in Wyoming has banned laptops and cell phones so customers can live like its 1993.

The former headquarters of Borders Bookstores has become a tech hub.

Can bookstores help America heal?

The Denver public library has found a new way to raise money: selling books.

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As Barnes & Noble prepares to leave Bronx, New York, an independent store is already being planned by the winner of New York Public Library’s New York StartUP! Business Competition.

Only Prime Members receive Amazon’s insane discounts in the store’s physical locations.

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A New Paltz, New York bookstore with an anti-Trump sign is fighting a ban against it.

An Egyptian bookstore has a “scream room” where customers can scream as loudly as they like.

With the Gilmore Girls revival only a month a way, there’s a hypothesis that Jess might own a Stars Hollow Bookstore.

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Inquiring Minds in Saugerties, New York installed a window display with the words “Make America Hate Again,” along with a swastika, to protest Trump. Hilarity Protests ensued.

Minnesota has some cozy bookstores.

Barnes & Noble wants to build smaller stores with more coffee and alcohol to compete with independent stores that serve as community centers.

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A state run bookstore in Shanghai is ripping out pages from Webster’s Dictionary that include a reference to Taiwan.

The Dallas Morning News checks in with Deep Vellum Books, the bookstore offshoot of Deep Vellum Publishing that owner Will Evans sought a business partner to keep going.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Baby Boomers are finding bookstore ownership offers an enticing second career.

The Internet, once a threat, could save independent bookstores.

A ninety-year-old man runs bookstore in Suzhou, China that he inherited from his grandfather.

The Community Bookstore in Brooklyn has finally closed after the owner sold the building last year.

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