This Week in Indie Bookstores


Vulture profiles the Second Shelf, a bookstore dedicated to changing how we talk about rare books by women.

The New Yorker unpacks the fight to landmark the Strand, a landmark bookstore in New York City.

The Samuel French drama bookstore will close its Los Angeles location, leaving only the London store remaining.

London’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore endures, too, despite the closing of newer queer institutions.

Take a look at five of Seattle’s best used bookstores.

And Baltimore has some great bookstores, too.

Then, check out these bookstores in the Kahn Market in Delhi, India.

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 →