This Week in Indie Bookstores


One Grand is a new bookstore in the western New York state town of Narrowsburg where the only books are recommended reads. The inventory will cycle through recommendations from selected curators with salon-style readings held on a barge near the store.

Istanbul’s Mephisto Bookstore is located on the İstiklal, a busy commercial district with late night bars and restaurants. Publishing Perspectives checks in with this nearly 20-year-old store.

Bookstores in Mexico have formed their first trade association. There are more than 1,200 stores in the nation of 110 million.

College bookstores have grown to sell much more than just books, becoming brand ambassadors for the colleges they are affiliated with. But finding a balance between bookstore and college store offers a real challenge.

When a shop owner in Lancaster, Ohio was replacing a furnace, he found forty books hidden in the walls. They are most likely the remains of a bookshop that had been on the site before it was lost in a fire nearly a century ago.

A 65-year-old Singapore bookseller donated 40,000 books to a charity when he was forced to vacate his warehouse and could not find a buyer.

An East Hampton, New York bookstore plans to make a go of it in the big city. The combination store and art space, Harper’s Books, plans a second location in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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 →