This Week in Indie Bookstores


Shakespeare & Co. sheltered twenty people during the terror attacks in Paris last week.

New York City’s Shakespeare & Co., unrelated to the Parisian store, has some expansion plans. The shop and name was bought by Dane Neller, the CEO of On Demand Books, a company that makes the Espresso Book Machine. He envisions a new chain.

Bookstores in Hong Kong are disappearing. More accurately, they are being disappeared, likely by the Chinese government. At least four bookstores and publishers selling books otherwise prohibited on the mainland are gone.

Minnesota illustrator Kevin Cannon has spent thirty-one days drawing thirty-one bookstores.

Quadrant Book Mart in Easton, Pennsylvania is refurbishing its front doors. Until then, plywood has temporarily been installed and the bookstore would like customers to sign their names.

Racked takes a look at Miami’s famed Books & Books.

A Waterville, Oregon bookstore owner found that he was in possession of a rare set of stamps worth more than $60,000.

A bookstore in Tallahassee has been handing out blankets to homeless persons.

Brooklyn is home to a lot of writers, and that might explain the proliferation of independent bookstores. Brooklyn Magazine has a guide to the borough’s many new and used stores. Meanwhile, DNA Info breaks down why independent bookstores in the city are finding success.

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 →