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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →