This Week in Indie Bookstores


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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →