This Week in Indie Bookstores

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American bookstore workers across the country are beginning to unionize. Apparently, a global pandemic was the inciting event.

Check out these recommended bookstores in Charlottesville.

Boston’s Frugal Bookstore is a Black-owned shop pushing to increase literacy.

Salem, New York, has a bookstore hidden in a barn.

Baltimore’s bookstores shake things up.

This Seattle bookstore offers wine and books.

Manhattan’s Shakespeare & Co is opening in a Norwalk, Connecticut, mall.

Middle East Eye profiles a contemporary Egyptian bookstore chain.

Syria’s bookstores and publishers have been badly impacted by the ongoing war.

Book lovers might want to consider these cities for their great bookstores.


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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →