This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Memphis-area Burke’s Book Store celebrated its 140th year of selling books. The current owners plan to use the milestone reintroduce the store, and that includes investing in a custom bicycle to make book deliveries.

Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi started because owners Richard and Lisa Howorth believed William Faulkner’s town should have a bookstore. They spoke to Lit Hub about running a their bookstore.

Tourists dreaming of working in a bookstore should pack their bags and head to Wigtown, Scotland where The Open Book requires guests to work a 40-hour week in the shop, but pay only £150 per week to live in the flat above the store.

The UK’s Waterstone’s is opening a 3-story flagship store in London and plans further expansion city over the despite competition from the Internet and e-books.

With university classes set to begin in the coming weeks, a number of schools have been wrapping up renovations on their campus bookstores including Penn State, N.C. State University, and Clark State.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →