This Week in Indie Bookstores


Bookstores continue to see a big boost in sales of books about race and racism.

Black-owned bookstores, overwhelmed with orders, are asking customers for patience as they work to fill them.

One Black-owned bookstore has received more than twenty thousand orders, mostly for the same ten books.

Check out these fourteen titles recommended by Black bookstore owners.

Target is set to replace Barnes & Noble’s Upper East Side location in Manhattan, and all of the bookstore’s employees will be laid off.

A library is asking patrons to stop microwaving books in botched attempts to kill COVID-19.

Tahoe welcomes two new independent bookstores that have opened during the pandemic.

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 →