This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Check out this comprehensive list and amazing graphic featuring America’s Black-owned bookstores.

Iowa gets what might be its first-ever Black-owned bookstore.

Black-owned bookstores want more than an increase in sales due to recent calls for support—they hope to see readers learning from the books they purchase and taking action.

A seventy-year-old beloved Kyoto bookstore has closed.

Chadwick Boseman’s death inspires a bookseller to share a touching story of how Boseman helped a young actor in his shop.

Powell’s Books has just announced it will stop selling on Amazon.

Check out these twenty beloved Bay Area independent bookstores.

A small Massachusetts bookstore has raised $100,000 in two weeks in an attempt to avoid closing.

Check out this shiny Chinese bookstore.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →