This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Emma Straub has been named Independent Bookstore Day ambassador. Author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers, Straub worked at the recently closed BookCourt in Brooklyn, and plans to open her own store nearby.

Omnivore Books, a San Francisco cookbook store, is resisting Trump’s ban on Muslims by celebrating cookbooks from the banned regions.

An unknown person has gifted fifty copies of 1984 at a San Francisco bookstore.

A man was shot at a self-described radical bookstore, Red Emma’s, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Toronto bookstore A Different Booklist, a shop specializing in African and Caribbean diaspora literature, found help from customers when they moved across the street.

Sydney, Australia has lost its five-year-old Greek bookstore.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →