This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Bookstores impacted by California’s fires struggle to stay open.

A Toronto condo development will include a curated library as a marketing incentive, in a move developers claim will honor the once-beloved World’s Biggest Bookstore it displaced.

A doorman gives Jor Bagh’s The Book Shop unique character.

In Minnesota, a bookstore is exploiting the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokafloo, or “Yule Book Flood,” to help sell books.

Taiwan’s Eslite plans to open four new bookstores next year.

A university bookstore employee stole more than $200,000 through scamming book buyback programs.


Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →