This Week in Indie Bookstores


The Chicago Tribune uses a Star Wars analogy to explain how hopes to save indie bookstores.

Atlanta’s For Keeps focuses on rare books by black authors.

When an English bookstore tweeted about a day without any sales, the internet swarmed the shop’s website.

Downtown Brooklyn is set to be the home of the newest McNally Jackson bookstore.

Meanwhile, in Manhattan, BookCulture’s Upper West Side location is embroiled in controversy, fraud, and a rent dispute.

Just in case college textbooks weren’t already too expensive, this college bookstore is automatically charging students.

A London bookstore allows customers to play at selling books for a day.

Hoboken’s Little City Books opens a second location in the mile-square city.

A book event was blocked from advertising on Facebook for being too political—but you can still see ads for fake news.

Publishers Weekly reports that November bookstore sales were down.

However, holiday books sales in France and the UK were up.

Two men in Pittsburgh were caught in a scam to sell rare books stolen from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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 →