I’ve spent the past week in New Orleans for work, meeting with some of the kindest and coolest children’s booksellers you will ever meet. Before I left the Big Easy, I had two goals: eat beignets, and visit at least one bookstore.
The first order of business was accomplished a few hours after my arrival:
The second item was found during a leisurely ride on the St. Charles streetcar, admiring lavish southern mansions shaded by stately oak trees. A few coworkers and booksellers had ridden the trolley through the Garden District, raving about the relaxing loop from downtown through the quiet neighborhood. I hopped on the morning before my flight home, ready to marvel at homes worth more than I could imagine, and browse one of NOLA’s best bookstores: Garden District Book Shop.
Tucked away on Prytania St, Garden District houses bestsellers and classics on well-worn wooden bookcases in a cozy storefront. The paperback display was like candy; positioned up front by the register, where any book lover’s willpower disintegrates. The store had a decent selection of local reads and travel tomes, and an entire bookcase dedicated to Anne Rice. Not gonna lie, I was tempted to pick up a copy, but thought it might add another 5 pounds to my carry-on. I did purchase a copy of The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I read Slouching Towards Bethlehem in college and South and West last year, and am mesmerized by her writing (whose notes could be turned into a bestseller? Not mine. Joan puts us all to shame). I will post my thoughts soon! In the meantime, here’s Garden District:
Later this year, I’ll be in San Diego, Tampa, and Rhode Island for work. Let me know your favorite indie bookstores in the area–I’m always looking for recommendations!