This Week in Indie Bookstores


A Glasgow LGBTQ bookstore, the first to open in Scotland in more than two decade, has proven itself a success.

Tech-hub Austin has a low-tech recycling solution: selling old books.

A Tokyo bookstore has taken to charging admission, and a curated selection of hidden gems awaits customers willing to fork over the entry fee.

Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville turns forty, and passes on the shop keys to the owners’ daughter and niece.

A Chinese bookstore has become a tourist attraction thanks to its stunning display.

University bookstore employee accused of stealing $20,000 in textbooks. Surprisingly, it was more than one textbook.

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 →