Posts by: Ian MacAllen
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....more
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.
Sunday 1/8: Nancy Hightower, Sarah Perry, Jeremy Freedman, and Linda Harris Dolan join the Sundays at Erv’s reading series....more
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....more
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.
Korea’s oldest bookstore closed fourteen years ago, but Jongno Books is set to reopen in Seoul....more
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....more
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....more
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....more
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....more
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....more
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....more
Saturday 11/12: Trump Is Not My President: march against fascism to Trump Tower. Union Square, 14th Street, 12–4 p.m., free.
Candlelight vigil for Hope and Human Kindness. Fort Greene Park, 4:30 p.m., free.
Julia Lee Barclay-Morton, Rich Ferguson, and Bud Smith join the Trumpet Fiction series....more
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....more
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.
Barnes & Noble wants to build smaller stores with more coffee and alcohol to compete with independent stores that serve as community centers....more
Saturday 10/22: Christopher DeWan reads Hoopty Time Machines, fairy tales for grown ups. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.
Elaine Kahn and Camilo Roldan join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
Sunday 10/23: Colin Dickey discusses Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places with Bess Lovejoy....more
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....more
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....more