This Week in Indie Bookstores


More than 150 faculty and staff have signed a letter of protest over the commercialization of the York University bookstore in Toronto, Canada.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s bookstore is making tons of money.

A Chicago-area bookstore doesn’t intend to earn much money. The rare art book store is hoping to balance the books with alternative revenue streams.

A library in Kansas has opened a bookstore. While it may seem counterintuitive for a library to open a bookstore, most libraries sell off older books. The Cimarron library found an empty storefront and decided to fill it.

Louisiana is getting sued by an online bookstore. The state requires the store to verify the age of customers buying books because the state considers some books harmful to minors.

The first guests have slept in Tokyo’s bookstore hostel. The place is all booked up for the next few weeks, but in the meantime check out this in-depth review.

Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore is set to open a second location in Prospect Lefferts, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood east of Prospect Park.

Amazon’s first brick and mortar store opened in Seattle. Dustin Kurtz gave it a 2.5 star review. The LA Times dares to ask another salient question: why?

Long Island is getting a combination bookstore and wine bar while a Colorado Springs bookstore serves as a combination art gallery and event space.

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 →