This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A huge new bookstore in the heart of Mexico’s drug cartel region hopes to combat ‘narco culture’ by offering an alternative, including classes for children and adults.

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore in Boulder, Colorado has plans to move to a larger location.

Mumbai, India, has seen the rise of new bookstores—but many are unique passion projects or otherwise focused outside of mainstream book selling.

St. Mark’s Bookshop, facing eviction from a city owned property over unpaid rent, may have gotten a reprieve from a mysterious benefactor.

The Huffington Post looks at eleven books set in bookstores.

Three Scottish bookstore owners discuss their shops’ unique histories.

Amazon is experimenting with another real-world bookstore: Kindle gift card books. The kiosks have been in sixty-one stores offering gift cards for books to be downloaded to Kindle later.

Lit Hub talks with Third Place Books in Washington state.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →