This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →