This Week in Indie Bookstores


Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore has come out against a city proposal requiring paid vacation for employees, citing concerns around the city’s handling of small businesses.

The battle to give landmark status to the building that houses New York City’s Strand bookstore continues on in a messy combination of independent bookstores, preservationists, harmful zoning laws, sky-high real estate prices, and the greed of old-fashioned capitalism.

This week’s most amazing bookstore in the world comes from… shakes Magic 8 Ball… China.

The University of Southern Maine’s bookstore plans to compete with Internet startup Amazon by exclusively selling books online.

The New York Times profiles a rare bookshop featuring finds so unique the headline notes they are “really, really” rare.

A writer who got lost in Paris worries that Shakespeare and Company, and other great bookstores around the world, are about to close—although based on the line to get into the Paris shop this past summer, there is nothing to worry about.

Texas executed a man who shot a police officer during a bookstore robbery thirty years ago.

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 →