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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bookstores celebrate New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day May 7

Posted By on Sun, May 1, 2016 at 2:54 PM

click to enlarge TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER
  • Tracie Morris Schaefer

New Orleans takes a better-late-than-never approach to Independent Bookstore Day. While booksellers in other cities will fete themselves on Saturday, April 30, local stores dodge the dreaded Jazz Fest conflict by postponing their celebration until Saturday, May 7. If you feel like you can never have too many books, here's our roundup of literary-minded activities to take part in.

Octavia Books: The Uptown store opens early and hosts an adult coloring-book contest, two scavenger hunts, a book swap, a performance by pianist Armand St. Martin and more. Late risers can show up at 5 p.m. for a booklover’s cocktail hour with authors Andrew Shaffer, Tiffany Reisz and Jenn LeBlanc. 

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop: A publishing workshop with horror writer Alys Arden and giveaways of items donated by science fiction and fantasy authors take place. Quirky special-edition merchandise created for the day (like a Neil Gaiman coloring book) will also be for sale.

Maple Street Book Shop: The store serves snowballs from Plum Street Snoballs and hosts children’s book authors, who will read throughout the day. They’re also having a one-day fire sale on used books and offering unique Independent Bookstore Day merchandise. 

Crescent City Books: Though its staff is still dusting off from a recent move to the CBD after 24 years in the French Quarter, the store is open for business. That weekend, they’re having a sale on antique maps and prints and discounting local food critic Tom Fitzmorris’ new book. 

Crescent City Comics: In a happy coincidence, Free Comic Book Day also falls on Independent Bookstore Day. The “Christmas for comic book lovers” has, you guessed it, free comics. A list of offerings is available on the store's website.

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