This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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'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 →