This Week In Indie Bookstores


Iran has closed a Turkish-language bookstore and publisher for selling illegal books.

Community-building is fueling the renaissance of new bookstores.

Manhattan’s Book Culture on Columbus Ave is closed forever, but might become a different bookstore with a new owner, which might be the owner of the East Side’s Shakespeare & Co.

Maplewood, New Jersey is home to one of country’s best bookstores.

And Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood is home to the city’s hottest new bookstore.

Sourcebooks is revamping a rebate program for bookstores that promote Sourcebook’s books.

A Sydney, Australia bookstore became ground zero in an outbreak of pickup artists after the store was was targeted by a company promoting harassment techniques.

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 →