This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Politics & Prose becomes the first bookstore in D.C. to recognize workers’ union.

The owner of Capitol Hill Books recorded an album in his shop during the pandemic.

The National Park Service provided a grant to Vaughn’s Bookstore, the first black-owned bookstore in Detroit.

Japan’s Tsutaya bookstore is planning an incredible 55 new stores for Malaysia.

Employees of The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas, now own a large portion of the shop after the long-time owner sold them a stake in the business.

Canadian bookstores are concerned that with capacity limits, casual browsing is hurting sales as actual customers might be turned away.

Check out these Texas bookstore cats.

A Singapore hawker center now has a new bookstore run by retirees.


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 →