This Week in Indie Bookstores


Segwick, Maine claims to be home to the world’s smallest bookstore. Pushcart Press Bookstore resides in a 9′ x 12′ building selling used books and Pushcart Press titles.

Australia’s capitol city is not known as a cultural center, but that might change for Canberra with the opening of Muse, a combination wine bar and bookstore. The hybrid shop will open in Kingston’s East Hotel.

In Germany, the federal government is offering a German Bookstore Prize to highlight and help preserve the country’s network of independent shops.

In Malaysia, a court ruled that Muslim religious authorities acted beyond their powers when they raided a bookstore in May 2012, essentially declaring the action illegal. The shop was targeted for selling Irshad Manji’s book Allah, Liberty and Love, a book the Home Ministry has banned.

New York City’s Shakespeare & Co. reveals a new look and introduces an Espresso Book Machine, a printer for on-demand books.

Denver, Colorado’s Tattered Cover has new owners who have begun a two-year long transition with the former owner to learn the basics of running the shop.

English-speaking readers visiting Moscow should consult this list of bookstores provided by the Moscow Times.

A bookshop dedicated to cinema is opening in New York City as part of Metrograph, an independent movie theater.

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 More from this author →