This Week in Indie Bookstores


The world’s oldest gay bookstore is getting a new lease on life by adding a cafe and liquor license.

Bookstores in small Japanese towns are closing down.

In an age of unlimited choice, bookstores can help connect readers with the best books.

The New York Times explores a Spanish-language bookstore in Queens.

Buenos Aires has a spectacular new bookstore in a century-old theater.

Revolution Books in New York City needs more cash to survive.

A California bookstore is giving away thousands of books it can no longer store in its warehouse.

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 →