This Week in Indie Bookstores


New York’s Mercer Street Books (a shop astute readers of this column might recognize in the column’s featured image) is facing hard times because of COVID-19 and NYU construction, and has turned to crowdfunding to keep operating.

The newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos, the billionaire behind Amazon, has published an Orwellian doublespeak article explaining how helping indie bookstores by buying books is hurting indie bookstores.

Meanwhile, the political games the current administration and the GOP continue to play with USPS are actually hurting independent bookstores.

This year, Independent Bookstore Day will virtually feature a long roster of authors including Tayari Jones, Lauren Groff, and more.

Portland’s famous Powell’s City of Books prepares to partially reopen.

The Last Bookstore, and Los Angeles mainstay, is selling curated book bundles.

This Alabama bookstore has been added to the national register of historic places for serving as the longest-operating college bookstore in Tuscaloosa.

Taiwan’s Eslite bookstore chain plans to close more locations this year.

On August 15, indie bookstores across the country celebrated the second annual Bookstore Romance Day.

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 →