This Week in Indie Bookstores


Indie booksellers continue to imagine a place for themselves in the shadow of Amazon.

The AV Club looks at how bookstores are preparing for the supply chain shortages expected this holiday season.

Bookstores and parents are finding ways to outsmart the Texas lawmakers banning books on critical race theory.

Ann Arbor’s Crazy Wisdom Bookstore is closing after forty years.

In Paris, a branch of Japanese secondhand bookstore chain Book Off delights.

Former Congressman Steve Israel is opening Theodore’s Books in Oyster Bay, NY.

Israeli bookstore Steimatzky and Tzomet Sefarim has launched a boycott of Sally Rooney after the author acknowledged Palestinians as human.

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan is getting a new bookstore: Sleepy Dog Books.

Ontario’s City Lights Book Shop will get a second life after all.

Long Island’s beloved Book Revue closed in September, leaving a void a former manager hopes to fill with a new shop.

Pittsburg, KS-based Books & Burrow honors Native people all year long.

In Denver, BookBar is taking over The Bookies—the two shops will become one business.

Fine Books & Collections magazine profiles Kitazawa Rika, a fourth-generation bookseller in Tokyo.

Sacramento Magazine profiles East Village Bookshop.

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 →