This Week in Indie Bookstores


This week’s most beautiful bookstore is in Argentina.

The Hudson Valley is about to get a second bar and bookstore combination shop, which might explain why Brooklyn’s literati keep moving upstate.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has officially taken possession of Drama Book Shop in Manhattan, a theater script store that nearly closed.

Genre fiction is finding a home in local indie bookstores.

The UK saw an uptick in bookstores last year, so at least the British will have something to do with all that free time after Brexit ends the British economy.

China also so an increase in bookstores, although China will disappear booksellers who don’t censor their stock.

Bookstores are good business for small towns.

Hopes and prayers aren’t just ineffectual for preventing mass shootings; Christian bookstores in Ontario and Ipswich, UK, plan on closing their doors.

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 →