This Week in Indie Bookstores



Best-selling author James Patterson is handing out bonuses to bookstore employees once again, celebrating the people who make best-selling authors possible.

The Daily Beast has a roundup of some of the best independent bookstores across the country.

As if you needed another reason to move to Canada, Toronto is getting five new bookstores.

Last year, New York City’s iconic Shakespeare & Co was sold to On Demand Books, make of the print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine, with the intention of growing into a national chain. The company recently raised $8m towards the expansion.

A Houston bookstore serves as a Latinx cultural hub.

Brooklyn Ink talks to two bookstore owners—one a long-time owner of Unnameable Books, the other, author Emma Straub, a rookie, set to open a new shop in the spring.

Despite growing readership and publishing profits, why aren’t there more new bookstores in Kathmandu?

A Chicago bookstore has become a destination for autographs of famous people like Alexander Hamilton.

Trump’s election has helped sales at a San Mateo, California store where owners celebrate diversity and inclusion rather than hate.

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 →