Riot Headline COVID-19 Updates from the Bookish World


Powell’s and McNally Jackson Staff Laid Off Amidst COVID-19 Closures

The two major independent booksellers are laying off employees as they close their physical shops in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Literary Tourism: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Take a trip through the literary stops of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and its wonderful array of bookstores.

What Happened to Barnes and Noble and What’s in Store for the Chain

A quick update on the tumultuous recent history of Barnes and Noble, and where the bookstore chain might be headed under new ownership.

Mr. Jenkins’s Bardon 24-Hour Book Shed

Do your book buying habits never sleep? Then the Bardon 24-Hour Book Shed is for you. I talked with Yarran Jenkins about his amazing book shed.

Remembering My Literary Landmarks In Livermore, California

With each move, mystery surrounds me and my partner’s lives. Until friends and family visited us in Livermore, California, a ...

Bookish Stops on the Southern Route

A road trip lets one couple ease into their new lives—one bookish landmark, mile, city, and state at a time. 

New Independent Bookstores In Old Homes

A reader keeps up with the indie bookstore scenes in the places where she used to live, and talks about some favorite spots.

Get an In-Depth Look at a Barnes & Noble Concept Store

Barnes & Noble has been around for many years (since 1873, according to the company website), and has evolved significantly ...

Another Ode For A Hometown Bookstore

A traveler and former Maui resident bemoans the closing of yet another Lahaina bookstore, and seeks books in one of few shops still standing.

Literary Tourism: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is a bustling, colorful city full of music, food, culture, and a wealth of literary destinations. I was a ...

Should Bookstores Charge for Events?

On one hand, when bookstores charge for events, they have another way to pay the bills; on the other, they make events less accessible. So, yea or nay?

No More Book Shopping

A Rioter decided to make 2019 the year of not buying anything. As you might've guessed, book shopping turned out to be the hardest to quit.

Literary Tourism: Accra, Ghana

One of the best experiences during my time in college was studying abroad in Ghana. Although I spent a day ...

Digging Through Japan’s Bookshops

Japan has been on my bucket list since I read Across the Nightingale Floor when I was twelve years old. ...

Literary Tourism: Tulsa, OK

“Tulsa is a literary town. Always has been. Our job is to keep it that way.” These words from Booksmart ...