This Week in Indie Bookstores


Fred Bass, the owner of legendary New York City bookstore The Strand, passed away at eighty-nine.

The CEO of Singapore’s Popular Bookstore chain wants to make sure the chain remains a bookstore, even as it sells more not-books.

Bookstores are selling out of Fire and Fury faster than you can say “Harry Potter.”

Barnes & Noble didn’t fare so well during this year’s holiday season. However, indie bookstores are doing great.

Shanghai now has a late-night bookstore, and it looks like a great place to shop for a post-midnight read.

A grandmother in the UK who just turned sixty wanted to be locked in a bookstore all night. Surprisingly, the store obliged.

Greenlight Bookstore in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens flooded after a pipe burst during the snow bomb, which is unrelated to the burst pipe at JFK Airport that flooded a terminal. There is a joke here, but my flight was diverted to Boston and the Amtrak didn’t arrive until 3 a.m. so I’m too tired to find it.

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 →