This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Athens, Georgia is home to a new radical bookstore, Bombs Away Books. The anarchist bookshop not only sells books, but is a DIY music venue featuring punk shows.

A specialty bookstore dedicated to self-published authors is ready to open in Florida. P. J. Boox Bookstore in Fort Myers will be a standalone brick-and-mortar shop where authors can rent shelves.

Exclusive Books at the Brooklyn Mall was the site of one couple’s proposal. Khensani Maluleka proposed to his girlfriend after transforming the store with rose petals, candlelight, and violins.

The Thrifty Book Nut in Lufkin, Texas promises readers they can get discounts for books they trade in. Customers get half the value of their trade in books toward purchases

One Dollar Book Swap in Dayton, Ohio recycles tons of books, literally. The highest valued books are sold online, while those that aren’t recycled end up in for sale in the warehouse, often by the bag.

The library in Romeo, Michigan plans to launch a used bookstore to augment programming budgets.

The Architects Newspaper takes a look at the newly opened Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City, paying particular attention to the shop’s highly designed details.

Lois Moger, of Longmont, Colorado, pines for the days when now-bankrupt Borders still had a local branch nearby.


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 →