This Week in Indie Bookstores


Manhattan’s Westsider Books is set to close—or maybe it will survive because of crowdfunding.

A horror bookstore in Los Angeles is also trying to save itself with crowdfunding.

A look at how this Japanese bookstore evolved into a destination in New York City.

The two-year-vacant storefront that once housed Brooklyn’s BookCourt is finally reopening with a new tenant, a men’s clothing store.

The bookstore saved by Lin-Manuel Miranda and other Hamilton cast members joined the many vacant storefronts in New York when the lease expired on Sunday. While the shop will reopen at a new location, the current landlord refused to temporarily extend its lease.

Carturesti bookstore in downtown Bucharest, Romania continues to be the jewel in the chain’s crown.

A bookstore in Bloomington, Indiana will pay for customer parking to help bring in buyers.

Ninety-six new stores have joined the American Booksellers Association.

A Pennsylvania Barnes & Noble destroyed by a tornado is set to reopen.

Now is the time to stock up on used books (thanks to everyone watching Marie Kondo and throwing out all their precious treasures).

Posman Books, a small chain based in New York City is preparing to open a Boston store.

A man was sentenced to fifteen years for killing a Pomona bookstore shop owner.

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 More from this author →