This Week in Indie Bookstores


Sales of antiracist books are surging at independent bookstores, with woke readers buying hundreds of books per day.

One Black-owned bookstore in Florida is selling out of books on race for the first time in thirty years.

Here is another list of Black-owned bookstores you can support right now. And another. And here is one as a map. And the biggest list yet.

Visit the online bookstore founded last year by a nine-year-old looking for more diverse books.

Writers are encouraging people to buy two books from Black authors this week to boost them to best-seller lists.

A Colorado bookstore stumbles in its response to Black Lives Matter protests.

An iconic bookstore and cafe in Delhi has closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. is still going strong, doing nearly $150,000 a day in sales and supporting independent booksellers across the country. (Visit The Rumpus’s storefront here.)

Check out how Minneapolis’s Boneshaker Books survived the COVID-19 lockdown.

A Greenwich Village, New York City bookstore pivots to phone recommendations.

The American Booksellers Association is focused on keeping bookstores open.

A Malaysian bookstore chain is shrinking its physical presence to expand online.

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 →