This Week in Indie Bookstores


Is it your civic duty to buy a book from a local bookseller? (Probably, yes.)

Seriously, bookstores need to sell some books.

A retired Ohio teacher has created a mobile bookstore to help improve literacy in the Cincinnati area.

The workforce at the Toronto-based Indigo Books & Music have voted to unionize.

This Boulder, Colorado bookstore is now employee-owned.

This New York City bookstore stars as the set for popular Netflix show You.

One Maine bookstore is collecting donations to send bags of coffee to US troops and veterans around the world.

This Tempe, AZ bookstore is also a performance space and a center for community activism.

A Manhattan bookstore dedicated to cookbooks is struggling to survive the pandemic—but just might make it.

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 →