This Week in Indie Bookstores



Chicago’s bookstores, bracing against the looming arrival of a physical Amazon store, are stronger than ever. Check out this roundup of local indie stores.

Fišer bookstore, a Prague institution since the 1930s, is closing.

Korea’s oldest bookstore closed fourteen years ago, but Jongno Books is set to reopen in Seoul.

New Orleans’s The French Library, a children’s bookstore, serves a bilingual population.

Book-lovers can pick over the bones of Brooklyn’s once beloved BookCourt, now selling off its bookshelves.

In recent years, small presses have been opening bookstores. Now Boston’s Papercuts JP is going the other way and launching a small press.

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 →