This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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'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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →