This Week in Indie Bookstores


The Wild Rumpus (no relation), a children’s bookstore in Minneapolis, was named the bookstore of the year by Publishers Weekly.

Minneapolis is also the third most literate city in the US, taking into account the number of bookstores per capita. Unrelated, its also the fourth city for garden gnome appreciation.

Every town needs a bookstore, even a suburb—or maybe especially a suburb.

Amazon has plans to open a second New York City store near 34th Street, Herald Square, a shopping destination best known for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade near commuter rail hub Penn Station.

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books in Manhattan is getting the most they can out of a tight space.

Indie bookstores are competing with discounters like Amazon by hosting author events. But how to do small towns attract authors to their local bookstores?

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 →