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

Little City Books debuted its new coffee shop/bookstore, in partnership with bwè Kafe, in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

New York City’s Strand Book Store will be opening a new store in Book Culture’s former location on the Upper West Side. 

Vroman’s has opened a literary wine bar in Pasadena, California. 

A Freethinker’s Corner in Dover, New Hampshire, will be expanding its store by taking over an adjacent unit. 

Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster, Massachusetts, is celebrating 25 years in business with plans to move and expand its store. The store will move to a larger space down the street from its current location in March. 

Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, Washington, is now under new ownership.

Forbes published an article called “How Indie Bookstores Beat Amazon at the Bookselling Game: Lessons Here for Every Retailer.”

Blue Manatee Literacy Project and Downbound Books were featured in an article called “How Independent Bookstores Stack Up in the Age of Amazon.”

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria in New York City plans to become heavily involved with 2020 Census outreach efforts. 

The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California, appeared on the 3rd Hour of TODAY.

Forbes profiled Love’s Sweet Arrow in Chicago, Illinois. 

Pyramid Books, The Lit. Bar, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, and others were mentioned in an article called “The political resilience of the Black-owned bookstore.” featured The Lit. Bar in an article called “This woman’s dream came true when she opened the Bronx’s only bookstore.”

The Bookery Manchester in New Hampshire was featured in an article on “How This Independent Bookstore Became a Hot Spot for Presidential Hopefuls.”

Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York, was featured in an article called “Northshire Bookstore hosts sixth annual Harry Potter Book Night.”

Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was called a “community centerpiece” by The Tufts Daily.

The Brain Lair in South Bend, Indiana, was featured in an article called “Printmaking and English class make a mark with local bookstore.”

Member stores were featured in an article called “Bookstores across West Virginia growing, diversifying.” 

Hoodline included Walden Pond Books and Owl & Company Bookshop on a list of four inexpensive bookstores in Oakland, California

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