This Week in Indie Boosktores


Deep Vellum Books is looking for a partner. The publisher runs a successful Dallas bookstore alongside the indie press, but owner Will Evans says running both is proving too much.

Queens, New York still needs a second bookstore to serve the 2.3 million people. The Observer profiles the woman behind the effort.

New York’s literary community is losing a palace of books with the closure of the Powerhouse Arena at the end of June. The massive bookstore has hosted many literary events like PEN’s 5 under 35 Gala. The store is moving to a much smaller space on Adams Street and will take a new name. The publishing arm, powerHouse, will move to Washington Street.

More physical Amazon bookstores are coming.

Spokane, Washington’s Auntie’s Bookstore has a new owner—Merlyn’s Comics. The two stores and the new owner have a long history.

BookHampton in Long Island’s East Hampton has reopened just in time for the summer migration to the ritzy beach community.

A tricycle bookmobile is headed to Edmonton, Canada.

ExxonMobile, the oil and gas company that covered up climate change research for more than six decades, has told Dallas-area comic bookstore Red Pegasus that the logo is too similar to the one used by the oil company since 1911 when federal regulators broke up the monopoly held by Standard Oil.

Singapore readers can now shop for books from vending machines.

Books+Books+Bikes+LEBO, an offshoot of Books and Books in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, combines used books and bikes.

Culture Boat, a bookstore on a boat, just celebrated its 10th birthday.

Plans to demolish the former Foyles bookstore in London’s Soho neighborhood have caused a row with British heritage laws.

Spoonbill & Sugartown, the Brooklyn bookstore featured in HBO’s Girls, is opening a second location.

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 →