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 Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Billfold, Fiction Advocate, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog, and io9. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →