This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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 Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →