This Week in Indie Bookstores


Revolution Books in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is exploiting Trump’s election to raise money for a fight against fascism.

People in Japan value neighborhood bookstores so much that local governments are opening government-run stores in an effort to keep community spaces flourishing.

A fascist bookstore in Florence, Italy received a special delivery—a bomb. The package exploded, costing a bomb squad agent a hand and an eye.

A once-beloved Korean bookstore can’t recapture the magic of its original incarnation. Jongo Books, closed for fourteen years, was recently reopened, but South Korean bookstore critics say the new store in Seoul fails to live up to the one that closed.

Publishers Weekly predicts that bookstore sales will steadily rise in the new year.

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 →