This Week in Indie Bookstores


Hong Kong is dominated by two kinds of bookstores—the independent shops specializing in political books and pornography banned by China and the shops secretly owned by Beijing’s communist government.

A Tokyo-based bookstore hosting a book fair centered around democracy and freedom suspended the event after criticism.

Customers nostalgic for Borders bookstores need only to head over to Malaysia.

Ukrainian book chain Bukva had more than 570,000 books stolen from warehouses by police claiming tax evasion, though they seized the books at random rather than identifying the owners.

Two sisters plan on opening The Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles next year, a crowdfunded Romance-only bookstore.

The oldest bookshop in London launched the China Book Festival.

Churches, once the center of religious services, are being converted into architecturally stunning bookstores in an increasingly secular world.

A combination bookstore and bakery is opening in Hurricane, West Virginia.

OUT takes a look at four bookstores in the United Kingdom.

Time might be running out for the feminist collective at Bluestockings Bookstore in New York City’s Lower East Side.

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 →