This Week in Indie Bookstores


amNY profiles McNally Jackson’s Brooklyn location.

Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee, previously kidnapped by the Chinese government for selling the wrong books, lost a potential partner who feared his stores in China would be impacted.

Sean “Spicy” Spicer was heckled at the flagship Barnes & Noble in Union Square, Manhattan.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Spicy’s Middletown, Connecticut appearance was also met with protestors, including one man who alleged Spicy once called him the n-word while the two were students at Portsmouth Abbey School. Spicy, who apparently has never heard of Barbara Streisand, intends to the sue the Associated Press for reporting on the incident.

Beijing is putting $15m toward propping up bookstores in the city.

New York City’s Mast Books is opening a second location.

One man’s book collection is becoming a store.

A bookstore in Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland, might be the nation’s best.

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 →