This Week in Indie Bookstores


The former owner of Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore has been mapping rural Albania, and even fought off a controversial plan to build a hydroelectric power plant in the country.

What ultimately makes a bookstore great?

If you like bookstores and use Instagram, these accounts might interest you.

A woman brought her dogs into a Toronto bookstore, but after posting about it on the Internet—well, the Internet happened and things got weird.

Nothing goes better with a good book than a good cup of coffee. Here are nine notable combination coffee shop/bookstores.

Peek inside New York’s oldest bookstore.

The family of a murdered Oklahoma City bookstore owner wants answers and they have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for an investigation.

Football players in Florida face fraud charges after charging thousands of dollars to the school 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 →