This Week in Indie Bookstores


A Chicago couple gets the happy ending they’d dreamed of: a wedding in the sci-fi section of their favorite feminist bookstore.

This bicycle-riding Italian bookseller hopes to take on Amazon with his mobile bookstore.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s only Black-owned bookstore travels Milwaukee on a tricycle.

COVID-19 once again causes a temporary stop to in-store shopping at Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore and St. Louis’s Left Bank Books.

For one Detroit-area bookstore, business is booming despite the pandemic.

An open-air bookstore in Menlo Park keeps customers safe while making books available for sale outside.

Check out this profile of Oklahoma City’s Black-owned Nappy Roots, a bookstore at the center of local activism.

Bayonne, New Jersey shows its support of the Black-owned Little Boho Bookshop after the shop received racist threats by email and phone.

The closing of Chicago’s City Lit Books earns an elegy from fans.

New London, Connecticut (perhaps best known for I-95 traffic congestion) has a new pop-up bookstore.

And Washington, DC has a new culinary bookstore.

Jason Reynolds is giving away copies of his books after purchasing them from local DC-area indie bookstores.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked readers to identify the best Atlanta-area bookstore.

The Japanese bookstore market is expected to expand for the first time in four years.

Check out how these indie bookstores celebrated Small Business Saturday in the COVID era.

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 →