This Week in Indie Bookstores


Japanese bookseller Kinokuniya Co. plans on increasing the number of direct purchases made from publishers to avoid wholesalers’ markups. The store previously bought most of the stock of Murakami’s latest essay collection to compete against online sales.

Burlesque dancers danced outside a Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after the store cancelled a performance booked months earlier to promote the release of Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St Cyr.

A Slovenian bookstore is turning its store shelves into a work of art. Sono Architects are building a unique shelving system for the store that is a functional sculpture.

A photo album filled with century old photographs turned up at the SHAVA Bookstore last month, and now the shop owners want to try to reunite the album with rightful heirs.

Route 66, the famed highway between Chicago and California, hosts many bookstores, with unique stories often as historic as the roadway they share.

Liberia has a new bookstore, One Moore Bookstore, an extension of boutique publisher One Moore Book. Wayétu Moore, a Brooklyn writer and Liberian native, opened the shop in Monrovia, the capital city.

La Casa Azul in East Harlem, New York is dedicated to highlighting Latino literature. Fox News Latino highlights the now three-year-old store launched through a crowdfunding campaign.

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 →