This Week in Indie Bookstores


Community fundraising has saved Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York.

Women in Iraq are becoming booksellers and upending gender roles.

A Washington, DC bookstore is getting more done than Donald Trump’s State Department by building a “sister” relationship with a bookstore in Mexico City.

Take an inside look at Montreal’s Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore.

Run your own bookstore for a night at this unique Scottish bookstore and Airbnb rental.

Texas will be home to Barnes & Noble’s new concept store with a restaurant and bar.

Amazon’s physical stores are a “shitty Barnes & Noble.”

Meanwhile, Australia is going to war with Amazon.

Check out this conversation with employees of Austin’s biggest used bookstore, Half Price Books.

Livraria Lello, a Portuguese bookstore, is attracting fans of the Harry Potter series because of the quirky staircase inside.

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 →