This Week in Indie Bookstores


Amazon is creating a new uproar by allowing online booksellers to buy the “buy” button and sell unwitting consumers used books as new.

The Bay Area remains a literary haven thanks to the independent stores like City Lights.

The First Chapter, a new nonprofit bookstore in Massachusetts, employs workers with disabilities.

Queens is getting a second bookstore. New York City’s second most populous borough after Brooklyn will become home to Book Culture in Long Island City, the third outpost of the Manhattan-based mini chain.

The New York Times looks at vintage bookstores in Los Angeles.

Hustler wanted to open an adult bookstore in Fresno and when the city tried blocking the shop, Hustler sued to protect their first amendment rights.

One Bay Area bookstore is suing the state over an autograph law championed by actor Mark Hamill. The law was designed to crack down on fake celebrity autographs but could prevent author events.

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 →