This Week in Indie Bookstores


A bookstore-themed hostel will open in Tokyo this month allowing guests to sleep inside bookshelves.

Kate Gavino launched her illustrated bookstore tribute Last Night’s Reading and she offers up some illustrated advice for attending readings at bookstores.

An Indian duo left their corporate jobs to become roving booksellers with Walking Bookfairs. They launched the idea from backpacks in Koraput, in eastern India.

The famed Parisian English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company has opened a cafe.

A Berkeley bookstore that already houses a bar plans on adding a bed and breakfast too.

A Kansas bookstore gave children books instead of candy for Halloween.

Washington, DC’s bookstore Riverby Books almost closed forever after one of the co-owners was struck and killed by a truck. A year later, the shop is back after a remodel. Now if only we could get Congress to read a book.

Chicago’s Unabridges Bookstore turned thirty-five years old this week.

Independent bookstores are back, Valley Advocate declares with a flow chart.

Barnes & Noble isn’t on life support after all.

The beleaguered Bluestockings Bookstore in Manhattan has raised enough money to renovate.

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 →