This Week in Indie Bookstores


Chicago’s Wicker Park has been gentrifying, but Quimby’s, a quirky indie bookstore, remains a haven for alt lit.

Amazon probably doesn’t care whether customers buy anything from its physical stores.

The New Yorker takes a look at why China is cracking down on dissidents, including Hong Kong booksellers that disappeared late last year.

Washington DC is getting a new bookstore in its Capitol Hill neighborhood.

In Oakland, California, a bookseller’s van with more than $350,000 worth of rare books was stolen, including novels by Faulkner, Hemingway, and Asimov.

New York City has a specialty bookstore to satisfy just about every interest.

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 →