This Week in Indie Bookstores


Livraria Folha Seca in Rio de Janeiro was told that a sign about two-time medalist Adhemar Ferreira Silva, who passed away in 2001, violated the Olympic Committee’s advertising policies.

Reuters attempts to answer why millennials love buying books.

Inmates from Two Bridges Jail are helping the Wiscasset, Maine public library build bookshelves for a used bookstore.

Varney’s, a bookstore and local icon in Manhattan, Kansas, is closing after 126 years in business.

Shanghai’s Matsuzaka Shooku has more than 25,000 imported Japanese books at the Chinese retailer, making it the country’s largest Japanese language store.

Books and Brews in Hurricane, West Virginia was able to reopen after sorting out its liquor license.

Harvard Bookstore found a note hidden in its shelves from a father to his daughter.

Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 →