This Week in Indie Bookstores

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

Fast Company examines how Bookshop.org 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 (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 →