This Week in Indie Bookstores


If you want to work at The Strand, you first have to pass a literature test. But don’t worry, if you’re among the dozens of applicants that fail, you still can play Pokémon.

Glad Day Bookshop, the oldest bookstore in Toronto, Canada and the longest-surviving LGBT bookstore in the world, needs some help.

Hong Kong booksellers are facing increasing threats of harsher police action from the mainland government.

A Ukrainian-language bookstore is helping to ensure the survival of the Ukrainian language.

New York City’s street-side booksellers are under assault by the NYPD, but the city’s used bookstores are doing very well.

Book vending machines in Singapore are meant to encourage people to read.

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 →