This Week in Indie Bookstores


Lohvinau House of Literature in Belarus will be one of the few shops one can buy Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich’s books in her native country. Her books are hard to find because Alexievich has been critical of the authoritarian government. Books aren’t outright censored in Belarus, but Lovhinau faces fines for distributing books that haven’t been licensed by the state.

Read It Again Books, near Columbus, Ohio, employs therapy dogs to help children learn to read aloud.

Rizzoli Bookstore in Milan, Italy shares a galleria with such brands as Louis Vuitton and Versace. The architecture is fittingly grand.

A Beijing bookstore and cafe is getting some high-concept design work that includes live plants.

Brazenhead Books, New York City’s speakeasy bookstore, had secretly lived inside a private apartment until it closed earlier this year. Now, Brazenhead might be returning.

The Mahesh Book Depot near Pagnispaga, India suffered an electrical fire that burned thousands of books.

As Barnes & Noble continues to shrink, the company’s leadership are struggling to make the chain more like independent booksellers. They also want to bring that experience to their electronic reader, the Nook.

GeekWire thinks they found plans for Amazon’s first brick-and-mortar store.

Brooklyn now has its own bookstore dedicated to cookbooks. Archestratus Books has opened in Greenpoint, specializing in food related books.

German bookstores will once again carry Adolt Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The copyright on the work is set to expire and now historians will print an annotated version.

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 →