This Week in Indie Bookstores


Residents of Alexandria, VA are raising accusations on suburban gossip website Nextdoor that a soon-to-open nonprofit used bookstore is raiding local little free libraries to stock the shop.

Five former employees have bought Oakland’s Wolfman Books, which was otherwise set to close, and are preparing to create a new BIPOC- and QTPOC-led community space.

Blustockings, the feminist collective bookstore in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, announced its new location and continues to fundraise to finance its move and reopening.

The Adirondacks has a new mobile bookstore making the rounds.

Minneapolis’s Two Uncles bookstores—Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore—are preparing to rebuild after a fire that occurred during protests against police brutality earlier this summer.

This Tampa bookstore offers an elegant alternative to bookstore chains.

Publishers Weekly reports that bookstore sales were down in June.

Prairie Lights has partially reopened, but won’t be ready to fully reopen until COVID-19 poses less of a threat to its employees and customers.

Japanese bookstore chain Tsutaya announced plans to open a Chinese branch in Shanghai.

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 →