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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →