This Week in Indie Bookstores



Bookstore sales continue to grow.

In the wake of the presidential election, bookstores are becoming more than just shops and are serving their communities as impromptu community centers.

More independent bookstores are becoming publishers.

Bushwick Brooklyn’s Molasses Books has started fundraising for good causes following Trump’s election.

Bridgeside Books in Waterbury is trying to make Black Friday more of a civilized experience.

Manhattan’s Three Lives & Co. bookstore has a new lease on life—or rather, a new lease on its pricey Greenwich Village real estate.

A Harry Potter pop-up shop opened in Utrecht Station, Netherlands.

Barnes & Noble plans to return to the Bronx in two to three years following the closure of their last store (the borough’s last bookstore).

Ulises, a shop dedicated to art books, opens in Philadelphia, becoming the city’s first art-centric store.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in Washington DC, a famed shop known for patrons like Monica Lewinsky and Andy Warhol, has new owners who plan on renovating.

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 →