This Week in Indie Bookstores


The Canadian bookstore that discovered a hundred-year-old photo album has solved the mystery of the photos’ origin. They belonged to an Edmonton man born in 1919.

San Francisco is a city filled with bookstores, and SF Weekly takes a look at some of the best.

Oxford Bookstores in Kolkata, India will hold a literary festival celebrating Bengali authors and literature.

New York City’s McNally Jackson bookstore plans to open a new location at the South Street Seaport, a neighborhood without a bookstore since The Strand Annex closed several years ago. McNally Jackson’s previous plan to open a second location in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood has been delayed by construction for more than a year.

Washington DC is about to lose its last major bookstore with the closing of a Barnes & Noble, confirming all our suspicions that nobody in Congress knows how to read a book.

The author James Patterson plans on paying independent bookstore employees a holiday bonus this year. Patrons, owners, and coworkers can nominate an employee for the cash bonus.

A new bookstore dedicated to art books with more than a 1,000 publications has opened in New Orleans.

The United Kingdom’s Watersons plans to discontinue the sale of Amazon’s Kindle device. Low sales volume is to blame. Meanwhile, Seattle bookstores might have to contend with a physical bookstore from online giant Amazon.

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 →