This Week in Indie Bookstores


Chicago’s City Lit Books is set to reopen in June under new ownership.

Fast Company examines how helped indie shops survive the pandemic.

Pittsburgh’s White Whale Bookstore planned to open a second location, but got squeezed by a big developer instead.

Vice President Harris made a surprise visit to this Providence bookstore.

Maine’s oldest bookstore is expanding, with three new locations in iconic summer tourist towns.

Pop-up shops help keep indie bookstores alive.

Union workers at Powell’s have filed grievances against management for alleged violations of their labor agreement.

A century-old California bookstore has been saved after raising millions from the local community.

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 →