This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →