This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Ben McFall, New York City’s Strand Bookstore’s longest-serving bookseller, has died.

Chinese bookstores are expanding with a lot more attention to aesthetics than to the books they are selling.

Milwaukee is getting a BIPOC-focused bookstore.

NPR profiles Philadelphia bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, the oldest LGBTQ bookstore in the United States.

A romance-themed bookstore is coming to San Diego, along with a fizzery.

This Rhode Island bookstore has more than 70,000 books.

Uproxx looks at how a Chicago bookstore is connecting students with diverse books.

Japan’s Tsutaya bookstore chain will open a shop in Malaysia in April.

West Michigan has a new comic book store.


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 →