This Week in Indie Bookstores


Meet the founder of a South Korean bookstore dedicated to feminist stories.

Employees at Housing Works, a NYC-based nonprofit with the mission of fighting AIDS and homelessness, have been looking to unionize, but have faced pushback from the CEO. Workers recently walked off the job and attempted to deliver demands to management. Manhattan’s Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe is a revenue source for the nonprofit and once served as community space.

Meanwhile, Housing Works is opening a new thrift shop location in Brooklyn Heights.

This Kansas City bookstore once served as a neighborhood epicenter of black culture.

The new CEO of Barnes & Noble once worked as an independent bookseller, long before taking control of the giant US-based chain.

Win a fifty-dollar gift card to your favorite indie bookstore through Book Riot.

This rolling bookstore visits towns where other shops have closed.

Officials in Columbia, South Carolina issued steep fines to an adult bookstore.

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 →