This Week in Indie Bookstores


A rapidly gentrifying former steel town in Pennsylvania is getting a new bookstore.

Bronx, New York might be getting a second bookstore, if the shop can raise $65,000.

Baker & Taylor, one of two national wholesale book distributors, is closing down. Penguin Random House has already created a new plan for distribution of their books.

Library bookstores are flourishing.

A Louisville, Kentucky adult bookstore is appealing a court ruling of a municipal regulation censoring the shop.

The Hawaiian island of Kauai has only one independent bookstore—but business is thriving.

Feminist bookstore Bluestockings in New York’s Lower East Side is launching a membership program to help keep the shop in business.

A Pennsylvania bookstore presented a reading of the Mueller report. A Denver bookstore is giving away free printed copies.

Bookstore owner and nudist Paul Winer died last week.

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 →