This Week in Indie Bookstores


Inquiring Minds in Saugerties, New York installed a window display with the words “Make America Hate Again,” along with a swastika, to protest Trump. Hilarity Protests ensued.

Minnesota has some cozy bookstores.

Barnes & Noble wants to build smaller stores with more coffee and alcohol to compete with independent stores that serve as community centers.

A London, Ontario bookstore has banned clowns. Clown enthusiasts had a problem with the ban and confronted the owner.

Indie bookstore sales continue to grow.

South Korea has a new bookstore dedicated to science books, the first of its kind.

A Point Reyes bookstore up for sale last year received numerous offers, and the former owner settled on a couple intending to operate the shop with a focus on lesser-known titles.

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 →