This Week in Indie Bookstores


Tokyo’s Morioka Shoten stocks just one book. Shop owner Yoshiyuki Morioka selects a single book each week to sell in his austere boutique.

A new non-profit bookstore in Istanbul, Turkey seeks to focus on Arab culture and the refugee experience as a response to the increasing number of Syrian intellectuals migrating to the city.

An unassuming house in Texas is actually a rare bookstore stocked with 40,000 books. A father and son team started Good Books in the Woods by purchasing a large quantity of stock from an estate sale and have been collecting first editions, antiques, and signed copies to sell ever since.

Independent bookstores are thriving. The Week explores shops in Brooklyn and Los Angeles to find out why business is bustling even while major chains are struggling.

A journalist has opened a new bookstore in Vietnam. Thi Da Thuong opened Book Nest in the Phu Nhuan District of Ho Chi Minh, drawing on inspiration from a shop she encountered while reporting in Myanmar and other stores overseas.

Portland’s Powell’s Books is one of the nation’s great bookstores. Forbes highlights the 68,000 square foot store.

North Minneapolis’s only bookstore, Ancestry Books, is being forced to close after a disagreement with the landlord. The store, featuring indigenous authors and writers of color, operated for sixteen months.

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 →