This Week in Indie Bookstores

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These bookstores and libraries let you spend the night.

Check out Semicolon, a Black-owned bookstore in Chicago that focuses on community and literacy.

Najafi Street in Mosul, once known for its bookstores, has only seen one shop return after Iraq’s liberation from ISIS.

Manhattan’s East Village has a new cooperative bookstore.

Local residents are trying to save Seoul’s Bulgwang Bookstore, set to close because of financial troubles.

Orlando Weekly names readers’ top three choices for best independent bookstore.

These Chinese bookstores are finding amazing ways to display their books.


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 →