This Week in Indie Bookstores


A bookstore owner in Maine has collected a huge payday after a rare stamp sold for close to $60,000.

One of the missing Hong Kong booksellers was a British citizen, and now Britain is saying this citizen was involuntarily removed to the mainland.

A California bookstore is helping single book lovers find each other by selling “blind date books.”

New York City’s St. Mark’s Bookshop held a fire sale this week, unloading titles for half-off. The New Yorker takes a look at what led to the shop’s closing.

Akshaya Rautaray and Satabdi Mishra launched Walking Book Fairs in India, a bookstore built on a modified truck that travels around the country.

Bookstore sales have rebounded to have the highest level of sales since 2007.

Indie bookstores are making a comeback too.

The store cat who lived in Spoonbill and Sugartown, the Brooklyn bookstore that appeared in Lena Dunham’s Girls, has passed away.

Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore has been planning a second location in the gentrifying Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. They are looking for community investors to help launch the store.

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 →