This Week in Indie Bookstores


Acclaimed author and Rumpus Advisory Board member Celeste Ng is named as the ambassador for the fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day.

Southeast Washington DC gets a bookstore in former book desert.

Resistencia Bookstore operates as a library and community center for Chincanx, American Indian, and Latinx populations in Austin, Texas.

From an old barn sprouts a high design bookstore in rural China.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo plans to convert an old bookstore in Madrid into a hotel. You probably never thought Ronaldo would end up in a weekly column about bookstores.

A UConn field hockey player stole $34 worth of makeup from a campus 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 →