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The Garden District Bookshop

I spent all weekend in the French Quarter at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, a celebration of GLBT writers and writing where, despite the rain, spirits remained high. Now, I’m tired out from all the activity. I need to snuggle up with a good book and relax.

Unfortunately, I’m all out of new things to read – and while old standbys are available, I’m hungry for something new in which to sink my literary teeth. So today I think I’ll make a stop over at the Garden District Book Shop.

The Garden District Book Shop
The Garden District Book Shop: 2727 Prytania StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130

Owner Britton Trice, assisted by a well-read staff – including manager Deb McDonald and right-hand man Ted O’Brien – assure that a visit to the little shop is an adventure in itself.  Garden District is tucked inside The Rink at the corner of Washington and Prytania. A stroll down along the tree-lined road, within eyeshot

Vieux Carree Voodoo by Greg Herren
Vieux Carree Voodoo by Greg Herren

of one of New Orleans famous cemetaries, gets one in the spirit for the kind of moody adventure I like with my bookstore forays.

Garden District’s neatly packed shelves take me back to my younger years, when my mother would let me browse the cluttered stacks of a used bookstore for new treasures. I’d pore through the tattered covers in search of my next great adventure, and as a voracious reader, that meant I’d come away with dozens of books at a time. That’s how I discovered some of the best literature, accidentally. The variety of titles in the trim little store at Garden District Book Shop ensures that I can be surprised again. Then, I can take my spoils and sit in the beautiful atrium, or head up to City Park with a blanket. Either way, it’s sure to be a treat.

And in an example of life coming back full circle (the way it often does, especially in this city) I can return to the store on the 22nd, when SAS Fest author, Greg Herren will read and sign his latest book.

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