This Week in Indie Bookstores


Monkey’s Paw in Toronto sells random books from a biblio-mat machine.

A manhunt is on for a thief who stole two rare books in New York City.

The last bookstore in Peshawar, Pakistan is closing.

A Dallas, Texas bookstore is tricking people into buying books by making them sound like clickbait.

A Japanese bookstore and cafe has a special spy-styled bathroom.

A Wisconsin bookstore is considering a plan to turn itself into a co-op.

A man crashed an SUV into a University of Pittsburgh bookstore.

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 →