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 Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →