Bookstores That Support Indie Lit

To celebrate #IndieBookstoreDay on April 24, 2021, we put together a list of bookstores around the country that do an especially good job carrying and supporting the work of independent literary publishers. The 130+ bookstores on this list—each of them recommended by CLMP member presses and magazines—are from 37 states, as well as D.C. and Canada, and they range from nationally recognized indie bookstore fixtures to smaller, newly opened stores. On #IndieBookstoreDay, CLMP members will be sharing our new roundup and giving a #BookstoreShoutOut to their favorite. We hope you’ll do the same!


Thank You Bookshop
Birmingham, AL

Ernest & Hadley Booksellers
Tuscaloosa, AL



Fort Smith, AR



Laguna Beach Books
Laguna Beach, CA

Eso Won Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA

Other Books
Los Angeles, CA

Skylight Books
Los Angeles, CA

East Bay Booksellers
Oakland, CA

Point Reyes Books
Point Reyes, CA

Cellar Door Books
Riverside, CA

City Lights
San Francisco, CA

Green Apple Books
San Francisco, CA

Chaucer’s Books
Santa Barbara, CA

Bookshop Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

Book Soup
West Hollywood, CA



Lithic Bookstore and Gallery
Fruita, CO




Bank Square Books
Mystic, CT




Browseabout Books
Rehoboth Beach, DE




Third House Books
Gainesville, FL

Books & Books
Miami, FL

Tombolo Books
St. Petersburg, FL

Writer’s Block Bookstore
Winter Park, FL




Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Charis Books
Decatur, GA

Pretty Good Books
LaGrange, GA




Bonner’s Books
Bonner’s Ferry, ID




The Book Cellar
Chicago, IL

Madison Street Books
Chicago, IL

The Seminary Co-op
Chicago, IL

Unabridged Bookstore
Chicago, IL

Women and Children First
Chicago, IL



Dog-Eared Books
Ames, IA

Next Page Books
Cedar Rapids, IA

Prairie Lights
Iowa City, IA




The Raven Bookstore
Lawrence, KS



Louisville, KY




Briar Patch Books
Bangor, ME

Longfellow Books
Portland, ME

Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops
Bar Harbor, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, Freeport, and Portland, ME



The Ivy Bookshop
Baltimore, MD



Amherst Books
Amherst, MA

Brookline Booksmith
Brookline, MA

Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA

Book Moon
Easthampton, MA

The Bookstore
Lenox, MA

Broadside Bookshop
Northampton, MA

East End Books
Provincetown, MA

The Lost Bookshelf
Somerville, MA



Literati Bookstore
Ann Arbor, MI

Horizon Books
Traverse City, MI




Magers & Quinn
Minneapolis, MN

Next Chapter Booksellers
St. Paul, MN




Square Books
Oxford, MS




Left Bank Books
St. Louis, MO

Subterranean Books
St. Louis, MO




Fact & Fiction
Missoula, MT

Shakespeare & Co.
Missoula, MT



The Writer’s Block
Las Vegas, NV

Sundance Books and Music
Reno, NV


New Hampshire

Gibson’s Bookstore
Concord, NH

A Freethinker’s Corner
Dover, NH

Water Street Bookstore
Exeter, NH

The Toadstool Bookshops
Keene, Nashua, and Peterborough, NH

Bookery Manchester
Manchester, NH

MainStreet BookEnds
Warner, NH


New Jersey

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Maplewood, NJ

watchung booksellers
Montclair, NJ

Ridgewood, NJ




New Mexico

Collected Works
Santa Fe, NM


New York

Berl’s Poetry Shop
Brooklyn, NY

Books Are Magic
Brooklyn, NY

Cafe con Libros
Brooklyn, NY

Community Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY

Greenlight Books
Brooklyn, NY

Unnameable Books
Brooklyn, NY

192 Books
New York, NY

Book Culture
New York, NY

McNally Jackson
New York, NY

Shakespeare & Co.
New York, NY

The Strand
New York, NY

Three Lives & Company
New York, NY

Word Up Community Bookshop
New York, NY

Lift Bridge Book Shop
Brockport, NY

Talking Leaves Books
Buffalo, NY

Battenkill Books
Cambridge, NY

Sulfur Books
Clifton Springs, NY

Split Rock Books
Cold Spring, NY

Buffalo Street Books
Ithaca, NY

Ampersand Books
Rochester, NY

Hipocampo Children’s Books
Rochester, NY


North Carolina

Asheville, NC

Epilogue Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Main Street Books
Davidson, NC

The Regulator Bookshop
Durham, NC

Scuppernong Books
Greensboro, NC

Buxton Village Books
Buxton, NC

Quail Ridge Books
Raleigh, NC

So and So Books
Raleigh, NC

Books and Beans
Rocky Mount, NC

The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC

Page 158
Wake Forest, NC

Wilmington, NC

Pomegranate Books
Wilmington, NC

Winston-Salem, NC




Downbound Books
Cincinnati, OH




Bliss Books & Bindery
Stillwater, OK



Annie Bloom’s Books
Portland, OR

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
Portland, OR

Powell’s Books
Portland, OR



Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA

Brickbat Books
Philadelphia, PA

Harriett’s Bookshop
Philadelphia, PA

A Novel Idea
Philadelphia, PA

City of Asylum
Pittsburgh, PA

White Whale Bookstore
Pittsburgh, PA


Rhode Island

Providence, RI

Savoy Bookshop
Westerly, RI



South Carolina

Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC





Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN



Black Pearl Books
Austin, TX

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

Malvern Books
Austin, TX

Deep Vellum Books
Dallas, TX

Interabang Books
Dallas, TX

The Wild Detectives
Dallas, TX

Blue Willow Bookshop
Houston, TX

Brazos Bookstore
Houston, TX

Literarity Book Shop
El Paso, TX




The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, UT



Everyone’s Books
Brattleboro, VT

Phoenix Bookstore
Burlington, VT

Northshire Bookstore
Manchester Center, VT

Bear Pond Books
Montpelier, VT

Norwich Bookstore
Norwich, VT

Bartleby’s Books
Wilmington, VT



Eagle Harbor Books
Bainbridge Island, WA

Village Books & Paper Dreams
Bellingham, WA

Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle, WA

Open Books
Seattle, WA



Washington, D.C.

Loyalty Bookstores
Washington, D.C.



Boswell Book Company
Milkwaukee, WI

Lion’s Tooth
Milwaukee, WI

Niche Book Bar
Milwaukee, WI

Woodland Pattern Book Center
Milwaukee, WI



Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Montreal, Canada



Duende District