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Here’s what’s happening in the world of indie bookstores this week:

CBS News reported that business is booming at indie bookstores around the country.

Next City reported that black-owned bookstores in the United States, such as Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books and MahoganyBooks, are making a comeback.

Kimberly Batson and Alison Frenzel are planning to open Fabled Bookshop and Café in Waco, Texas.

The Willow Bookstore opened in Perham, Minnesota, on Small Business Saturday, November 24.

This month, Yardstick bookstore and art gallery opened in Algoma, Wisconsin.

Angela Trigg opened The Haunted Bookshop (formerly Bienville Books) last month in Mobile, Alabama. Trigg’s grandmother co-founded the original Haunted Bookshop in Mobile in 1941; it closed in 1991.

On November 3, children’s book and toy store Play opened a new location in Chicago, Illinois.

Copperfield’s Books opened its new location in Larkspur, California, on Friday, November 23.

An inside look at Prairie Fox Books.
An inside look at Prairie Fox Books.

The Center for Art and Inspiration, which is opening its doors in February in Hendersonville, North Carolina, will feature a Malaprop’s Bookstore pop-up shop.

The Village Bookstore in Pleasantville, New York, has welcomed new owner Jennifer Kohn.

Craig Harzinski and Ken Mertes took ownership of Bisbee Books & Music in Bisbee, Arizona, earlier this month.  

Prairie Fox Books in Ottawa, Illinois, moved to a new location, 719 La Salle St., just in time to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, Vermont, is celebrating its 30th birthday this week, which will end with a party on December 1.

Bards Alley in Vienna, Virginia, announced on Twitter that it won the Town of Vienna’s holiday window decorating contest.

Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis is now hosting musical performances.

A window display at Bards Alley that features the Polar Express.
The holiday window display at Bards Alley.

MyNDNow interviewed Val Stadick, owner of Main Street Books in Minot, North Dakota, for a piece called “Independent bookstores aren’t going away any time soon.”

Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, and Saratoga Springs, New York, will collaborate with Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to host their second annual book fair.

Publishers Weekly spoke with several ABA member stores about how they are balancing politics and business, including BookPeople, Anderson’s Books, Everyone’s Books, and more.

Forbes published a list of the best bookstores in Los Angeles, California, which included Vroman’s Bookstore, The Last Bookstore, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Hennessey + Ingalls, Book Soup, and Children’s Book World.

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