This Week in Indie Bookstores


Those bookshelves in the background of Washington-insider Zoom meetings are just set pieces assembled by a speciality shop selling books by the foot.

People who don’t know the difference between calling their representatives on Capitol Hill and calling Capitol Hill Books are getting angry when booksellers aren’t able to pass a stimulus package.

Bookstores are expanding into rural China, bringing culture with them.

This new bookstore on Manhattan’s Lower East Side also sells its own pickles.

Japan’s largest bookstore chain is opening new locations in China.

And Shanghai has a new bookstore dedicated to theater arts.

A middle-aged man in Connecticut threw a tantrum, refusing to wear a mask in a Barnes & Noble, and is now famous on social media for acting like an idiot.

Although bookstores are struggling, Canadians have been reading more during the pandemic.

Check out this famous car-centric 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 More from this author →