This Week in Indie Bookstores


Social media might be the catalyst behind the only Black-owned bookstore in the Twin Cities.

The owners of Greenlight Bookstore will undergo a self-imposed anti-racism audit, and have promised to make changes going forward.

Prominent Manhattan-based children’s bookseller Bank Street Bookstore will close in August, after fifty years of operation, because of COVID-19.

Amazon joins authors and publishers in a new lawsuit against an online bookseller accused of digital piracy.

If you can’t beat them, join them: Nancy Bass Wyden, owner of New York’s Strand Bookstore, has been buying large blocks of Amazon stock.

Meanwhile, the Strand prepares to open its new Upper West Side location in the former home of Book Culture, which closed in January, after delays due to the pandemic and city-wide shutdown.

This particularly high bookstore in China reopens following an easing of quarantine restrictions.

Little free libraries are getting a diversity makeover.

A bookstore in Duncanville, Texas strives to educate Texans on Black history.

The world’s largest Berenstain Bears collection resides in Austin, although it unclear if this collection includes mirror-universe Berenstein bears.

A fifteen-year-old drove into a bookstore in Fremont, CA.

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 →