This Week in Indie Bookstores


The FBI, once the darling of conservative politicians, waged war on black-owned bookstores in the late 60s and early 70s.

Mumbai’s iconic Strand Book Stall is closing.

This bookstore owner says running a bookstore is as great as you’d think it is, mostly.

Tsutaya, a Japanese bookstore, is aiding real estate developers to improve the design of communal areas in residential buildings.

The world’s largest floating bookstore is coming to Mexico. In other news, the world has a giant floating bookstore built on a boat with 5,000 titles.

The book business in Azerbaijan sounds like a rough one to be in.

The only French-language bookstore in Bucharest is looking for an investor. Fun fact: Romania has one of the least expensive “golden visas” offering residency to foreign investors, and they’re members of the EU.

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 →