This Week in Indie Bookstores


Despite coming in second place in the best of Boise bookstore list, Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio declared “the more bookstores the better” at Book Expo.

The Guardian talks with a cast of characters from New York City’s independent bookstore scene.

The iconic Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa has turned forty.

A Shanghai bookstore was designed as a way of conceiving how the human body acquires knowledge.

Rediscovered Books has been declared the best bookstore in Boise, Idaho, beating out a Barnes & Noble and Rainbow Books.

Eslite’s 24-hour Taipei flagship store might close when the lease expires in 2020 (unless China invades first).

China continues to violate protections of Hong Kong autonomy, including limits on publishing and arresting booksellers.

This week saw the closure of two half-century old bookstores, one in Columbus, Ohio and another in San Diego, California.

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 →