This Week in Indie Bookstores


Given the threat of COVID-19, many attendees skipped AWP 2020 to help stop the spread of the virus. In response, booksellers participate in a virtual book fair. Missed out? You can still find great merchandise from The Rumpus’s store.

McNally Jackson adds another location to its NYC empire with a new spot in downtown Brooklyn’s City Point.

Chinese bookstores continue to struggle as the COVID-19 outbreak keeps customers at home.

Beijing bookstores are now delivering books to help customers avoid public places.

A California bookstore moved ten tons of books three hundred and fifty feet to its new location.

American Booksellers Association has updates on this year’s Independent Bookstore Day.

Greenwich Village’s Players Theatre now has an independent bookstore focusing on theater books.

Check out this new documentary, The Booksellers, which examines the life of booksellers.

Can a bookstore be a bookstore without a bookstore cat?

This robotic bookstore butler will help carry your books (so you can buy more than you can carry).

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 →