This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Check out the story of how the Bronx’s only independent bookstore, The Lit Bar, came to be.

Japan’s Kinokuniya Books is set to open its first Portland, Oregon location this summer.

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with a new bookstore format that is half the size of previous shops.

Gentrification is threatening to displace a black-owned bookstore in Washington, DC.

Workman Publishing, a distributor, is reworking customer accounts in the wake of the closure of Baker & Taylor.

Bushwick, Brooklyn welcomes a new bilingual bookstore to the neighborhood.

This Cincinnati bookstore lives inside a vintage Volkswagen.

A bookstore in Maine offers murder mystery titles and an opportunity for some good puns.

A used bookstore in the West Village of Manhattan is getting a new life as a collectible and rare books destination.

This Berlin children’s bookstore has everything except all-night, drug fueled raves.


Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →