This Week in Indie Bookstores


The American Booksellers Association looks at how booksellers are celebrating Black History Month.

Bookseller Adam Stern makes an argument for why brick-and-mortar bookstores matter.

The owners of Frugal Bookstore, Boston’s only Black-owned bookstore, discuss going viral during the Black Lives Matter protests last June.

Portuguese booksellers urge the government to let them reopen.

Black-owned MahoganyBooks, in Maryland, will open a second location later this year.

For all the New Yorkers who fled the city during the pandemic for the Hudson Valley: here’s a round-up of the region’s bookstores.

The Barnes & Noble formula for reinventing itself relies on flexibility of local stores to develop their own character.

Barnes & Noble Education, the separate retailer servicing college campus bookstores, sees big stock market gains.

For bookstores participating in Independent Bookstore Day, now is the time to prepare for the fast-approaching April 24 celebration.

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 →