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These bookstores are the best in the country at supporting indie lit.

Corinne Segal

April 23, 2021, 10:00am

In advance of Independent Bookstore Day on April 24, the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses has put together a map of 140 bookstores that give special support to independent publishers.

The list, which was compiled by recommendations from CLMP members, isn’t exhaustive, of course, but if you’re looking for a way to support indie bookstores and indie publishers alike, this is a great place to start.

I loved seeing some of my favorites on this list—giving a special shout-out to Point Reyes Books in California and Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, two possibly perfect places—but was also gratified to see so many listings away from the coasts; let the road trip planning begin. And if you have any favorite indie bookstores in the less-populated areas of the map (looking at you, Wyoming and the Dakotas), let us know.

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