This Week in Indie Bookstores

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LAist takes readers inside Los Angeles’s iconic The Last Bookstore, a “sprawling temple” of books, and talks with owner Josh Spencer.

A Hong Kong bookstore, one that hasn’t been closed by mainland China, cites bookstore cats and good music as reasons for their success.

The Ripped Bodice opened this week in Los Angeles, becoming the city’s first dedicated romance novel bookstore featuring “fine smut.”

The Open Book is a Scottish seaside bookstore where fans can AirBnB a few nights in the shop.

AMNew York takes a look at some of the secrets of the city’s most iconic bookstore, The Strand.

Nook owners in the United Kingdom are out of luck—Barnes & Noble is shutting down the service there.

Kramerbooks in Washington DC will play host to Veep in the upcoming season.


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 →