This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A popup bookstore in Virginia plans to give away free books through December.

BuzzFeed shares a gift guide for book lovers who want to support independent booksellers—and if you’re really looking for something special, check out the Rumpus store!

Meanwhile, these bookstores offer book subscriptions, which is literally the gift that keeps on giving. (And, consider our Book Club and Poetry Book Club subscriptions, too!)

Here’s another warning to start shopping at bookstores early because of potential book shortages.

Psychologists explain why physical bookstores offer a different experience than digital shops.

Portugal might have the world’s oldest operating bookstore.

Check out these Chicago bookstores, all women- and BIPOC-owned.

Activist bookstore Bluestockings has reopened in its new home in New York City.

A bookstore in Asbury Park, New Jersey is combining two of our favorite pastimes—sipping cocktails and reading books—by putting together a 2021 calendar featuring local mixed drinks to support local bars and restaurants.

A new Australian online bookstore hopes to diversify readers’ shelves.

Buying these cookbooks will help save bookstores and the restaurants/chefs behind the books.

A bookstore in McAllen, Texas will reopen with scheduled appointments for browsing.


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 →