Sunday, November 17, 2013

One Week to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival!

We have just one short week until the 5th Oak Street Po-Boy FestivalAnd every year people ask if I'm open and every year I answer "Of course!" Here are some of the author signings located right under the shop window. Come on down and meet the authors. And yes, we will hold them for you until the end of the day so you can have your hands free for eating, drinking and dancing.
11-12 Cornell Landry will be signing Goodnight NOLA and several of his other popular books.
11:15-12 Ray Cannata (Senior Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church) signs "The Apostles' Creed Rooted"
Noon -1 Susan Larson will sign her updated classic "The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans" 
1-2 Poppy Tooker signs her new release "Louisiana Eats!"
2-3 Todd-Michael St. Pierre signs his new release "The Southern Po-Boy Cookbook" and his earlier cookbook "Tastes of Treme."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What does "very good" condition mean?

After the fourth call today regarding book selling and trying to explain what "very good" condition means, I thought I'd post this link to the Independent Online Booksellers Association.  

I don't take old textbooks (including that highlighted anthro/sociology/economics book you had to have for that one class).

I do take classic works of literature, science fiction, and great kid's books.

I don't accept ex-library books or books in poor/ reading condition.

I do take books that have the former owner's name written inside.

don't take books chewed on by your dog (or pig, yes, that happened).

I do take books that have been gently read, with maybe a crease or two.

I don't take hardback books that are missing their dust jackets.

I do take signed, first editions of the Wizard of Oz or Little House on the Prairie (a girl has to dream, right?).

I don't take romance novels.

I hope this is helpful and keep the good books coming!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Do not sub=lend to any one

A recently acquired collection of antiquarian books fed my interest in 20th century bookplates.  Here are some of my favorites:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival ~ The Time is Nigh!

New Orleans premier festival, the Oak Street Po-boy Festival is tomorrow!  Yes, of course we are open.  Yes, we sell a lot of books that day.  And yes, we have some great author signings scheduled both here at the shop and at the History Venue (check out the Events page for the History Venue schedule) 

Here's who is signing here at shop:


11:00 ~ Stephanie Bruno will sign her book New-Orleans-Streets-A-Walkers-Guide. This presentation of the neighborhoods of New Orleans offers an expert's perspective on the city's architectural diversity and details, one block at a time. From the Garden District to Mid-City, each block included features photographs of the homes, a description of the buildings, and a map for easy access.



Noon ~ Children's book author Cornell Landry will be signing several of his books including his uber-popular Goodnight NOLA book in addition to some of his other books, such as Happy Mardi Gras, One Dat, Two Dat, Are You a Who Dat?, and Happy Jazzfest.

1:00 ~ Constance Adler will sign her new book My Bayou. A vividly described and intensely personal memoir,My Bayou charts a personal and spiritual transformation along the fabled banks of Bayou Saint John in New Orleans.

2:00 Stephen Rea will sign his book Finn McCool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead. In this captivating debut, Belfast native Stephen Rea crafts a story of sportsmanship and strength built around an unusual pub soccer team in the heart of New Orleans.

3:00 ~ Carolyn Morrow Long, author of both Madame Lalaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House and A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau. 


4:00 ~ Author Reuven Bryer will sign his new novel, The Seminar. The Seminar is a fiction novel narrated by a cynical out of work aspiring actress recalling her mysterious epoch mesmerizing journey, all of which happens in one spectacular weekend. Every turn she takes, even outside of the seminar room, becomes more surreal than the last.

Don't forget to check out the Po-boy History Events schedule for more book signings!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Best Inscription Ever




Inscription on inside cover of local writer, William S. Maddox's "Scacciato."

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thanks for the buck Grandma.

Many people are familiar with my "Stuff I Find In Books" box.  Notes, religious cards, postcards, money (never American dang it!) and even a dental x-ray but this is one of my better one.

I thought I'd found the quintessential "Grandma" letter in a Science book collection:  numerous proud comments for child's big size, passive aggressive guilting towards little (big) David for being to busy to write to Grandma, folded over one dollar bill, encouragement to do well in school, and descriptions of a family picnic where Grandma could have had a good time were it not for loud people, but thankfully those people were white.  Wait, what?  Aww, racist Grandmas are the worst.




Friday, July 6, 2012

"The Seminar" Reuven Bryer

Reuven Bryer will sign and discuss his novel "The Seminar" at Blue Cypress Books on Saturday, July 7th from 2-3:30 p.m.

‘The Seminar’ is a fiction novel that includes actual valuable information about how to attain riches during any state of the economy, even when achieving success appears to be a futile endeavor. This is fueled by a mesmerizing mysterious love story composed with science-fiction overtones, yet exhibits reality and fiction (only paradigms) potentially separating winners from losers in the entrepreneurial realm.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kitty Meow a/k/a Bookstore Kitty

Whew, what a week!  For my Facebook followers ( the place I got to for most of my updates because sometimes just a sentence will do) the disappearance of Kitty Meow a/k/a Bookstore Kitty was very stressful.  KM loves to visit the alley next door to have her wild cat moments and was doing the same when I accidently locked her out.  When I came in the next morning, I realized my mistake and it's been a hard, sad week.  But she's returned!  A kind neighbor saw my flyer and brought her back this morning a little lighter and crazy eyed but safe and sound and curled up with a good book.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What's new today?



It's all about the children's books. Two different ex-teacher brought in piles of barely touched Scholastic books. I'm stoked about the new Magic School Bus stack, new David Shannons, and nice selection of Thanksgiving/Christmas books. I also picked up a big stack of Magic Tree House, Horrible Harry and Harry Potter!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New and Notable Today

May and June are really busy times with everyone moving around so there is a stack of new books most every day. For just today a huge lot of French children's books. These are all in really great shape and are pre-k age. I'm also loving the antiquarian set of "A Thousand and One Nights" in slipcase. I'll have to get pictures posted of that one!

UPDATE: Yeah, that set didn't last long enought for me to get photos up. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Online store

Even with all the local love, sometimes it's hard to find a home for some books. So I put them on ebay. Did you know I had an ebay store? Click on this link to check out some of my online books!

Happy Reading!

Friday, April 22, 2011

New and Notable Today



Whew, what a busy day for bringing in books ~ everyone must have the "Spring Cleaning" need, which works out great for us!

Today's notable books:

1. The complete collection of Marilyn Ross' "Dark Shadows", all 32 volumes. Haven't decided on a price yet as there don't appear to be any complete collections on the market. Having fun doing the research . . .

2. A wonderful collection of Dover and Usborn activity books just in time for the Spring/Easter Break and the just-around-the-corner summer. Think stickers, mazes, road trip games, cut-and-assemble models, and the ever-popular (not really) "Kings & Queens of England to Color." Frankly shouldn't it be titled "Kings & Queens of England to Colour?"


Happy reading!
Elizabeth


*UPDATE: That was quick. The Dark Shadows set is gone.


Friday, March 18, 2011

New Orleans Street: A Walker's Guide to Neighborhood Architecture

Hoping everyone can join us on Saturday, March 19th at 1:00 for the signing of Stephanie Bruno's popular book, "New Orleans Streets: A Walker's Guide to Neighborhood Architecture."

Despite a customer's misstatement, Ms. Bruno's book is titled as above. It is not called "The Streetwalker's Guide." :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What I read in January

The dark nights and slower weekends following the mad holiday season made for a great month of reading! Finished all these books in January:

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders (Illustrated by Lane Smith). This is sort of a children's book, sort of an adult book. The story is simple: Gappers, little orange balls with dozens of eyes torment the goats of the three townspeople of Frip. A change and adapt or perish sort of tale. While the story was cute, the illustrations were wonderful.

Solar - Ian McEwan. Typical McEwan: anti heroic protagonist, flat ending. Last year, this book riled up the critics last year like few others. Is it supporting or disproving global climate change? Are we supposed to like or hate the main character? Did his penis freeze and fall off?! Seriously?! Frankly, as an avid reader of McEwan's works, I'm more interested in whether or not he hates women. Or if he just hates everyone. I'd stop reading him if it wasn't so hard to stay away from his powerful prose and compelling stories. But if McEwan keeps killing it with the bad endings, he going off my favorite author's list. Except for Atonement. That will always be on the top of the "Bests" list.

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. Only picked this up (okay, it was brought to me) by someone who was crazy about the book. Not a bad read, just juvenile and at times, terribly tedious. King writing as Bachman and Golding did the same idea much better. Nothing new here.

The Girl of His Dreams - Donna Leon. This was the BCB book club selection for January. Excellent international fiction, mystery story. Not exactly difficult reading but strong, funny characters and such a lovely Venice setting.

Nada by Carmen LaForte. Ever read a classic (in this case Modern Library Edition) and thought, why oh why is this a classic? What a dud. One of the most vapid and poorly written books I've read in ages. Somehow Laforte managed to make one the time after the Spanish Civil War so damn dull. Reading this was like peaking into a young girl's diary. A stupid, boring, girl's diary filled with such insightful comments such as "I had a feeling." Really? Do tell. Or, please don't. And Llosa gave the introduction to the book but "I had a feeling" he didn't actually read this book because Llosa states that Laforte hardly brings up the Spanish Civil War when actually there is a strong story line wherein one of the characters turns in another during the war and the conflict that now stands between the. So, yeah, did you read the book Llosa?

While Standing on One Foot (Puzzle Stories and Wisdom Tales from the Jewish Tradition) by Nina Jaffe and Steve Zeitlin. A brief introduction into some of the historical and contemporary Jewish thinkers set in a "What Would You Do" format. Definitely a book for someone unfamiliar with Jewish fables and stories.

The Torturer's Apprentice (Stories) by John Biguenet. Big mistake setting down to read these short stories at work. I could barely contain myself after "Fatherhood" and "Rose." Weepy booksellers freak people out. These short stories were just so beautiful and poignant they left me wanting more. That's usually my quibble with short stories. If it's good, just write a novel. Thankfully Biguent has (Oyster) and it's fabulous.

The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever. Finally some funny New Englanders! Not that they are humorous, oh, that wouldn't do at all, but funny in a lovingly, quirky way. One of the best lines comes when a young man has gone off to seek his fortune in New York and while watching the hustle and bustle of the city reflects: "with some skepticism, even with compassion, for although you have come here to make your fortune you think of the city as a last resort of those people who lack the fortitude and character necessary to endure the monotony of places like St. Botolphs.” He's right. I do lack the fortitude and character necessary to live in a small town ~ that's why I live in New Orleans!

The favorite for this month was The Wapshot Chronicle very closely followed by Biguenet stories. Looking forward to next month's reading, though Mardi Gras is sure to cut into the reading time.

Happy reading y'all!

Elizabeth

Monday, January 10, 2011

Author signing and discussion

Please join us on Thursday, January 13th at 6:00 here at the shop to read, discuss and celebrate Tara Jill Ciccarone's newest work "From Beyond The Pale - the lost child's guide to wayward lands."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Moving books around.

This week went somewhat like this: Five new bookcases?! Where to start?

So, let's move, the Art books to the back next to the Photography. However, that means we have to move Reference/Dictionaries/Reading over one case. Umm, now we have to move Travel/Travelogues over a case. Whew, but now we have another whole bookcase for Cookbooks!

Um, but then, there is bit of extra space in Cookbooks, so maybe we need to move Regional/New Orleans cookbooks with all the others. That looks great! Except, now the New Orleans/Regional section looks terrible so let's reorganize that.

Okay, I'm exhausted but we are done right? Um, no, I found two huge stacks of Memoir/Biographies so let's move the one bookcase full to the back and expand it into two sections. However, before we do that, let's make one small reinforcement to the bookcase. Aww, $%@#, we broke the bookcase. Pull all the books off, fix the bookcase and then put the books back on. Wait, who moved them out of order? Shouldn't take long to fix (6 hours).

But WAIT, because we haven't been tormented enough, let's expand all the books in the back room so they have more space. Yeah, sounds great . . . but it's going to have to wait until next week.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Special

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!
Opening regular business hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and offering a great post-Thanksgiving Special Sale:
15% off all our Putumayo World Music, including the super popular New Orleans Playground and New Orleans Christmas AND Basin Street Records including Kermit Ruffins fabulous "Happy Talk." This weekend only so get 'em while the getting is good!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What a Festival!

Thanks so much to everyone who showed up to make this year's New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival our best one yet! I'm still cleaning up shreaded lettuce and there are napkins glued to my outside wall but I couldn't be more pleased. The merchants and residents of Oak Street fought so hard to keep this Festival on Oak where it was created and nurtured. There are clearly still issues with crowds and lines, especially the bottleneck created on the 3rd block due to the huge demand for Jacques-Imo's po-boys. But again, to each and every one of you who came to see all that Oak Street had to offer, THANK YOU!