This Week in Indie Bookstores


Texas book publisher Deep Vellum Books has found a partner to keep the publisher’s bookstore operational and now plans a grand opening for the store, a year after soft opening.

The Lit Bar will become Bronx, New York’s first independent bookstore and offer wine and cocktails too.

The Chinese bookseller the mainland government had made disappear for six months for selling banned books is in violation of his parole, claim government officials. Lam Wing-kee spoke out against his detainment following his release.

Moscow is getting its first Chinese language bookstore.

Princeton Architectural Press, a small publisher focused on architectural books, has opened a dedicated shop in Hudson, New York, an upstate town that has in recent years been a haven for artists and writers fleeing New York City’s rents.

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with beauty products in their college bookstore branches.

In China, a bookstore covered in mirrors has opened, offering a wild, futuristic experience.

A combination sex shop and laundromat in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood does triple duty as a feminist bookstore.

A Des Moines, Iowa bookstore continues to thrive despite all expectations when the shop opened a decade earlier.

Hoboken, New Jersey’s Little City Books is opening a children’s bookstore. The Mile Square City had been without any bookstores after Barnes & Noble shut down in 2010 until Little City Books opened last year.

Portland, Oregon is getting its fourth independent bookstore.

Hilton Als visits Three Lives in New York City.

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 →