This Week in Indie Bookstores


A bookstore in Kingston, New York created an uproar online with a display promoting books from African and Caribbean authors with the president’s remarks as a tagline.

A Chinese bookstore, Qingguo, is attempting to attract modern customers with an ancient look.

Cape Cod’s Eight Cousins bookstore has closed for water damage after an apartment above flooded the store.

The tiny upstate New York town of Hobart, population 403, has five bookstores.

A judged declared an Atlanta adult bookstore violates zoning laws designed to censor adult stores.

No early warning alert was issued before a car drove through a Kailua-Kona 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 →