This Week in Indie Bookstores


Vroman’s Bookstore is hosting a bookmark design contest for Southern California-based kids.

A children’s bookstore in Chicago aims to make it easier for parents to have difficult conversations with their kids.

A new bookstore, located in the suburbs outside of Paris, celebrates immigrants in France.

Publishers Weekly spotlights Lawrence, Kansas’s Raven Book Store.

The Harvard Crimson looks at how two Cambridge bookstores are dealing with COVID-19.

New Zealand’s physical bookstores are flourishing.

The founder of Barnes & Noble gifted $250,000 to Poets & Writers to support new initiatives.

Publishers Weekly reports that print book sales were up last year.

State-owned Chinese television network CGTN ponders whether physical bookstores are in decline, but doesn’t mention the Hong Kong booksellers arrested by mainland authorities who had their shops forcibly closed.

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 →