This Week in Indie Bookstores


There is still time to nominate a bookseller to the James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program!

A German bookstore’s popular tote bag befuddles the New York Times—and who doesn’t love a good tote bag story?

New York City’s bookstores are thriving because of their commitment to engage with the local community.

McNally Jackson opened its new location at South Street Seaport in Manhattan! The two-story shop features a cafe, a serpentine collection of rooms, and an adorable lighthouse in the children’s books section.

Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood is getting a new bookstore, too.

Virtually visit six cool independent San Diego bookstores.

The world’s largest floating bookstore arrives in Rio de Janeiro.

Speaking of Rio, its mayor recently tried to ban a book featuring two male superheroes kissing.

Take a peek at this nude bookseller in Quartzsite, Arizona.

Amazon broke the embargo on Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale (probably the first time since Harry Potter that anyone cared about book embargoes).

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 →