This Week in Indie Bookstores


Shops prepare for Independent Bookstore day.

Bookstores in Washington, DC expected bureaucrats to fawn over self-appointed kingmaker James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty as much as they did the more salacious Fire and Fury which saw Harry Potter-like enthusiasm. Turns out, not so much.

This Chinese bookstore is ocean-themed.

Common Language Bookstore, an LGBTQ-focused shop in Michigan, had a viral moment on the Internet.

Berl’s Poetry Shop gets a shout out for focusing on poetry.

When is a bookstore the best medicine?

Employees of a Tucson, Arizona bookstore are trying to crowdfund in order to buy and save it.

Gay’s The Word, a London bookstore, was the target of vandalism.

February saw a bump in bookstore sales.

A car crashed through a Barnes & Noble in New Jersey during the author event. No word whether the driver asked for a signed book.

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 →