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 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 Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. 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 →