Frequented by great American authors such as William Faulkner, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Frances Parkinson-Keyes, New Orleans has long served as an inspiration for both readers and writers alike. The city is often personified in literature, becoming a major character in works like A Confederacy of Dunces and A Streetcar Named Desire. We have compiled a list of the best bookstores in which to read, think, share ideas, and find that perfect page-turner in New Orleans.
May Books is located in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans and is affiliated with the May Gallery and Residency, which houses and showcases contemporary artists and their work. The shop specializes in books about graphic and visual art, new media, music, photography and creative source material. May Books also showcases artists whose works have previously been exhibited at the gallery. The shop receives weekly deliveries of new material and prides itself on being a space in which book and art enthusiasts can exchange ideas.
May Books, 2402 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 439 0846
Located on Oak Street in Uptown New Orleans, Blue Cypress Books sells high-quality second hand books and features an extensive offering of children’s and young adult titles. The owners believe that books should be affordable for people from all walks of life and are committed to keeping their prices reasonable, offering special deals for loyal customers. Guests also enjoy attention from the resident bookshop cat. There are some nearby coffee shops and cafés on Oak Street that provide great locations for enjoying a new book purchase.
Blue Cypress Books, 8126 Oak Street, New Orleans,,LA ,USA, +1 504 352 0096
Located on Maple Street in Uptown New Orleans, Maple Street Book Shop is a converted neighbourhood home, and has a cosy feel. The shop was opened in 1964 by two sisters who sought to create a left-wing haven in conservative Uptown New Orleans. Today the shop is still a centre for discussion and idea-sharing. Visitors will find an extensive offering of used and rare books.
Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 861 2105