This Week in Indie Bookstores


LGBTQ bookstores can serve as a lifeline for many.

Learn about the bookstore where the gay rights revolution began.

Then, check out this profile of one of the few dedicated queer bookstores in New York City.

Austin, Texas has some must-see independent bookshops.

China has yet another stunning bookstore.

And check out this massive bookstore in South Africa.

If Amazon deserves assistance from New York City and New York State, why not a local bookstore already paying taxes?

Meanwhile, Amazon is profiting from counterfeit books.

In conclusion: Amazon’s bookstore is a cog in our modern dystopia.

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 →