This Week in Indie Bookstores


Powells employees protested against an author reading at the store.

Read the New York Times obituary for Michael Seidenberg, who ran the secret bookstore Brazenhead Books out of his Manhattan apartment.

The largest bookstore in China now uses facial scanning as a payment method.

A New Orleans bookstore owner pulled a Permit Patty and called the police on a famous street musician who was then assaulted by police.

This airport bookstore chain has a read and return policy fliers should take advantage of.

Independent Bookstore Day will soon be managed by the American Booksellers Association.

A homeless man who claims to have been a bookseller and punk band singer was caught stealing mail in Florida. He probably did sell books. And rocked pretty hard.

Check out twenty-one spectacular bookstores and libraries in Asia.

The new CEO of Barnes & Noble hopes to make the chain more nimble and community oriented.

Publishers Weekly reports that bookstore sales dropped in May.

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 →