This Week in Indie Bookstores


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 Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →