This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The $500,000 rent hike McNally Jackson Books faced at its Manhattan flagship store has turned the independent bookshop into the poster child for egregious rent hikes.

Check out these top-five Denver bookstores. And, visit the five best bookstores in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, San Francisco is helping fund bookstores as part of the former mayor Ed Lee’s Bookstore SF Program.

A Canadian bookstore cat is retiring, and his coworkers are throwing a goodbye party.

Brooklyn’s Catland, an occult specialty bookstore, hexed Bret Kavanaugh, despite several counter-protesters gathering outside the shop. But one Brett Kavanaugh fan, a Catholic priest and exorcist, held a mass to protect Kavanaugh.

Publishers Weekly reports that bookstore sales in August were down.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →