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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →