This Week in Independent Bookstores


Tokyo’s night life district might soon have a new addition—Kabukicho Book Center—a combination bookstore and “host club.”

The Week takes a look at the rise and fall of the once-mighty Christian bookstore.

The largest bookstore in the world, located in Tehran, Iran, has opened.

For Amazon’s tenth brick and mortar bookstore, the company has made some adjustments—instead of twenty-six inches wide, aisles will now measure thirty-two inches.

Librairie Racines opened in a low-income neighborhood in Montreal with the hope of inspiring people.

A former logging restaurant in Maine is being converted into a combination bookstore and wine bar.

Recent surveys suggest that more than twenty percent of municipalities in Japan have no 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 More from this author →