This Week in Indie Bookstores

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This one-woman bookstore on wheels is delivering Black literature to Milwaukee.

NYC’s feminist bookstore and activist center Bluestockings is closing down its Lower East Side location, but is looking for a new sustainable and accessible home.

Independent Bookstore Day now has branded mugs and masks available for booksellers to purchase for the August 29 event.

Publishers Weekly reports that bookstore sales were down in May.

This map of Chicago’s independent bookstores is both beautiful and functional.

Hawaii residents are getting a new, library-backed online bookstore.

An iconic rare books shop in Santa Barbara is closing its doors after nearly twenty years.

While COVID-19 makes in-person events impossible, many bookstores are turning to virtual events.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →