This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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'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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →