This Week In Indie Bookstores

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BuzzFeed has a roundup of bookstores looking for donations to survive the COVID-19 crisis.

And The Athletic also shares a curated list of bookstores needing support.

San Francisco’s iconic City Lights Bookstore started a GoFundMe to save the shop—and ended up raising more than it asked for, in just a few days.

Deep Vellum Books has opened a hotline for customers looking for book advice and a human connection.

Emma Straub, author of the forthcoming All Adults Here and owner of Books Are Magic, discusses how COVID-19 is impacting her store.

Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House and owner of Parnassus Books, discusses how COVID-19 is impacting her store.

Causeway Books, the Hong Kong bookstore selling books banned in mainland China and that had several people associated with the store disappear in 2015, will reopen in Taipei later this month.

In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Business Journal asks why booze is essential but books are not.

An Indian bookseller was arrested for selling books during a lockdown.


Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →