This Week in Indie Bookstores


Andover, Massachusetts now lays claim to the oldest indie bookstore in the country.

In San Francisco, a bookstore clerk went on to become co-owner of Green Apple Books.

New York’s McNally Jackson faced a massive rent hike last year and was set to relocate. Now, not only is the flagship store staying put, but two new stores will also open in downtown Brooklyn and South Street Seaport.

A bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York is accepting submissions for their 2019 Open Mind scholarship.

San Francisco’s Marcus Books is at the center of Black culture in the city.

And the New York Times profiles For Keeps, a bookstore at the center of Black culture in Atlanta.

The indie bookstore business is booming, but how long can the good times last?

Book Riot looks at potential solutions that could be the next saving grace for indie bookstores.

Meanwhile, another bookstore starts serving booze, this time in Connecticut.

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 →