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'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 More from this author →