This Week in Indie Bookstores


A group of pastors attempts to ban LGBTQ books found in a display for Banned Books Week in a Rumford, Maine public library.

The Portland area is getting its first combination bookstore and bar.

A bookstore in a small German village survives by adding bread and sausage to its list of wares, picking up slack for local bakeries that closed down.

The New Yorker profiles Bolerium Books in San Francisco, a repository for assorted books and a lot of dust.

A resident in Fort Kent, Maine, a town sitting on the Canadian border, wanted a bookstore. So, she opened one.

The world’s largest floating bookstore comes to Costa Rica.

A North Carolina bookstore that runs a needle exchange program is drawing the ire of local groups trying to shut down the program.

Chengdu, China hopes to use its bookstores to promote cultural exchange.

Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 →