This Week in Indie Bookstores


Nicole Cliffe asked Twitter to tell her the kindest thing a stranger has ever done, and one bookseller explained how while working at an LGBTQ store, a person called in as if it were a crisis hotline and customers took turns acting as a counselor.

WIRED explains how the algorithms that will one day replace us have created a dystopian bookstore, so at least we have that to look forward to.

An act of vandalism has prematurely closed LA’s Samuel French bookstore that was already set to close at the end of the month.

High rents and Amazon have dramatically lowered the amount of bookstores in New York City.

Amazon is closing its physical pop-up stores, but plans new-format physical stores for the future.

A Singapore publisher is opening a bookstore specializing exclusively in local books.

Efforts are underway to resurrect a Seattle bookstore, once the only black-owned bookstore in the state.

Check out this look inside the new Center for Fiction, which recently relocated from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

An adult bookstore in Georgia involved in a censorship case that went as far as the Supreme Court has closed.

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 →