Two and a half years after Katrina knocked out Michele Lewis' bookstore, she's reopened The Afro-American Book Stop in New Orleans East, in a 1500-sq.ft. space on Read Boulevard just off the I-10.
"We have about 5000 titles currently," Lewis says. "Novels, Christian literature, children's, everything. We're back."
Lewis, who had two locations in New Orleans before the storm, lost her house, her car, and much of her inventory in the aftermath of Katrina: "It's been a long haul," she says. She reopened the Book Stop on July 1 and had several signings over the Fourth of July weekend in hopes of capturing Essence Festival visitors, "and they came out!" she says. Next up: a signing by the bestselling and wildly popular E. Lynn Harris (July 30, 12:30 p.m.).
"We weren't sure how it was gonna turn out in the East," Lewis says, "but it turns out the community is much more excited than they ever were before. We don't have a lot in the East, and I think people feel like one of their own is back."
The Afro-American Book Stop
7056 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, La. 70127