This Week in Indie Bookstores


This couple celebrated their wedding at the bookstore where they met.

The pandemic hit indie booksellers hard—but perhaps it could’ve been worse.

The owner of a Gaza bookstore destroyed by the recent Israeli bombings plans to rebuild with crowdfunding.

NPR talks with the owners of Black-owned bookstores about the past year.

A new Los Angeles-based bookstore is launching a zine.

Vroman’s, California’s largest independent bookstore, appears ready to thrive post-pandemic.

This New Hampshire bookstore has a small air force hanging from its ceiling.

Publishers Weekly has selected Eso Won Books as Bookstore of the Year and Toi Crockett as Sales Rep of the Year.

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 →