This Week in Indie Bookstores


NPR talks to the owner of Passages, a rare book shop in Portland, Oregon that was recently burglarized and then received many donations—including one from an especially notable author.

The Strand, New York’s famed home to 18 miles of books, will be taking over Book Culture’s UWS location.

Amazon is finally removing Nazi propaganda books from its stores, but booksellers are raising questions about the company’s opaque policies around what books it chooses to ban.

Is working in an indie bookstore great, or what?

Rockaway, Queens, New York City’s beach town surfing community, now has its own bookstore.

And, The Week reflects on last year’s opening of the Bronx’s only bookstore.

Check out this profile of Powell’s City of Books, the word’s largest new and used 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 →