Maple Street Book Shop will close June 30, 2017 after 53 years in business.

June 1st, 2017

It has been an honor to be part of the New Orleans Literary Community. Keep Fighting The Stupids!

Maple Street Book Club MAY

April 29th, 2017

For our May meeting of the Maple Street Book Club, we will be discussing A Free State by Tom Piazza, and the author will be with us to join the conversation!

The year is 1855. Blackface minstrelsy is the most popular form of entertainment in a nation about to be torn apart by the battle over slavery. Henry Sims, a fugitive slave and a brilliant musician, has escaped to Philadelphia, where he earns money living by his wits and performing on the street. He is befriended by James Douglass, leader of a popular minstrel troupe struggling to compete with dozens of similar ensembles, who imagines that Henrys skill and magnetism might restore his troupes sagging fortunes. The problem is that black and white performers are not allowed to appear together onstage. Together, the two concoct a masquerade to protect Henrys identity, and Henry creates a sensation in his first appearances with the troupe. Yet even as their plan begins to reverse the troupes decline, a brutal slave hunter named Tull Burton has been employed by Henrys former master to track down the runaway and retrieve him, by any means necessary.

Bursting with narrative tension and unforgettable characters, shot through with unexpected turns and insight, A Free State is a thrilling re-imagining of the American story by a novelist at the height of his powers.

Tom Piazza will join the Maple Street Book Shop on May 11th to facilitate a discussion about his novel

Maple Street to Remain Open in 2016!

December 27th, 2015

To all our friends, thank you for your encouragement and support in response to the announcement that the Maple Street Book Shop would be closing at the end of the year.

Your loyalty and commitment have made it possible for us to continue our efforts to remain in business in 2016.

In celebration and gratitude, for the remainder of 2015 (December 26th-January 1st), we are having a sale on all the books on our shelves:

20% off all new books
50% off all used books

no other discounts apply
special orders not eligible

FIGHT THE STUPIDS!

Maple Street Book Shop to Close at End of Year

October 2nd, 2015

We’ll continue offering a wide selection of new and used titles, placing special orders, and hosting events through December. Please join us for our last three months. Come celebrate the shop with us. Thank you for 51 years of business.

Read more here.

Maple Street Book Shop Celebrates its 50th year!

April 26th, 2014

2014 is Maple Street Book Shop’s 50th year serving the book lovers of New Orleans.

New, used and rare books at 7529 Maple Street

December 4th, 2013

7523 Maple Street, the Used and Rare Shop, is now closed for business. We have new, used, and rare books next door at 7529 Maple Street, and are continuing to transfer over our used inventory. We hope to have all of our stock under one roof by the first of the year!

Big Sale at Maple Street Used and Rare!

November 1st, 2013

We’re having a Fall Clearance Sale! Through the month of November, all books are 50% off at Maple Street Used and Rare (7523 Maple Street)!

Gambit Best of New Orleans 2013

September 6th, 2013

We’re honored to be named Best Locally Owned Bookstore by Gambit readers in their Best of New Orleans poll for the third year in a row!

Here’s what they said: “The adventure of reading is personified at this longtime New Orleans favorite, which has walls of shelves and lots of nooks and crannies filled with books for readers of all ages. It hosts author readings and signing events, as well as special events for children. It is a good place to find books by local authors and stories about the South.”

Thank you so much for shopping with us!

Maple Street Book Shop In Transition

June 14th, 2013

With great sadness, we will be closing our Bayou St. John and Healing Center branches at the end of the month. We were not able to build up a large enough sales base to maintain their operation. June 28th will be their final day of business. Until then, starting June 15th, all books at both stores will be 50% off. Groupons will continue to be redeemable at all of our locations, but cannot be combined with the clearance discount.

Our Uptown stores will remain open. We will be having a summer clearance sale (through June) at our Used and Rare Shop (7523 Maple Street) to make way for the expansion and consolidation of our inventory.

Though our shop footprint is decreasing, we hope our foot traffic won’t. We thank you for your support over the years and during this transition period. We will be working with the managers of both the Bayou St. John and Healing Center shops to ensure our re-stocked Uptown location carries many of the wonderful authors and titles you’ve come to expect from us. 2014 will be Maple Street Book Shop’s 50th year serving the New Orleans community. Here’s to 50 more.

Best of the Big Easy Awards

May 27th, 2013

Where Y’at’s “Best of the Big Easy” issue just hit the stands and they’ve named Maple Street Book Shop “Best Place to Buy a Book” in New Orleans!

We're so excited for World Book Night!

April 1st, 2013

World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading being held April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America will give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles were announced in January, members of the public applied to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vetted the applications, and the givers were chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers chose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. will be delivering the books to these host locations in two weeks.

All of our shops are pick-up points this year, and to celebrate, we’ll be having wine and cheese receptions, April 18th, 6-8PM. Givers will be able to pick up their books then, or anytime that week (April 15th-22nd).

On April 23rd, they’ll give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.

While it’s too late to sign up to give this year, you are welcome to come celebrate with us whether or not you have a box to pick up.

Holiday Hints (A Maple Street Book Shop Guide to Gifting)

November 24th, 2012

Sometimes it’s nice to have a suggestion. Here are some suggestions!


Donna Allen (Maple Street Book Shop Owner)
A Unique Slant of Light:The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Hardcover, $120.00
An absolute must have for collectors or anyone interested in Louisiana art history from the colonial period through the present day.

The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence Powell
Hardcover, $29.95
A perfect gift for newcomers to New Orleans! Powell offers readers a fascinating and detailed account of the founding of New Orleans. This is a must read for those that appreciate the history of our city!

I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Ken Foster
Paperback, $17.50
This heartwarming book is a perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. For years, Ken has fought tirelessly against the misconceptions surrounding this particular breed and once again he has accomplished his goals through his writing (and I’m not just saying that because he’s part of the Maple Street team or because I have 2 pit bulls!).


Cindy Dike (Children’s Buyer, Uptown)
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Paperback 3 Vol. Boxed Set, $29.95
If you like stories set in a parallel world, or a love story, or a mystery, you will devour this epic novel set in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. I loved this book because it’s a gripping, page turner of a novel. Just when I thought I had the plot line figured out the author changed directions. I loved not knowing where the story was headed & following all the characters throughout the maze of 1Q84. Having read and loved A Wild Sheep Chase and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Murakami, I can say this is his masterpiece. It was quite addictive.

Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook by Liz Gutman & Jen King
Paperback, $17.95
I love making candy at Christmas time. My family and friends have all been recipients of my pecan caramels and cashew brittle, but that’s as far as my limited knowledge of candy making has taken me. This little volume has all the tips, list of equipment, and recipes to make me or anyone a master candy maker. The index is rife with delights such as Brown Sugar-Coffe Caramels, Pates De Fruits, and Simply Perfect Dark Chocolate Truffles for starters. The photographs of the goodies alone are worth the price.

Puss in Boots retold and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (winner of a Caldecott Medal, five Caldecott Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Awards, & five New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Awards)
Hardcover, $17.99
I love this lavishly illustrated picture book about a clever talking tabby who helps his poor master win love and a princely fortune. If you like fairy tales, this picture book set in 1729 France is a sure bet. Great for ages 4 to 8 years.

Sarah Sky (Used & Rare)
What it is by Lynda Barry
Hardcover, $24.95
A book of beauty for just about anyone interested in art, creativity, the process behind it and writing.

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson
Paperback, $6.99
If you didn’t get to fall in love with the strange world of Moomins as a child, you will as an adult. Be prepared for ships, flights from comets, adventures and quiet with a strange and supportive cast of characters. Great stories for children of all ages.

Rookie Yearbook One by Tavi Gevinson
Paperback, $29.95
(Suggested by both Sarah & Maureen)
Remember how scary being a teenager was? This book, a compendium of content from the first year of online magazine Rookie, put together by 16-year-old fashion wunderkind Tavi Gevinson, goes a long way to assuage those fears. It’s chock-full of cool interviews (Joss Whedon! First Aid Kit! John Waters!); honest and genuinely helpful articles (“How to Not Care What Other People Think of You”, “How to Look Like You Weren’t Just Crying in Less than Five Minutes”, “On Taking Yourself Seriously”, and, my favorite, “How to Approach the Person You Like Without Throwing Up”, to name a few); plus tons of extras like stickers, a paper crown, and a plastic record of killer tunes. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes glitter, friendship, or summer vacation, including (but not limited to) your sister, your best friend, and you.


Maureen Iverson (Uptown)
Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Paperback, $15.00
Lovely, funny, and sad in all the right ways, Bergman’s perfect collection of short stories is peopled with big-hearted, guilty-conscienced characters, and teeming with creatures of both the domestic and wild variety. This is the way I wish I could write and the things I wish I could write about. I don’t even like animals.

Around the World with Mouk: A Sticker Adventure
by Marc Boutavant
Hardcover, $17.99
I just want to look at this book all afternoon. Perfect for poring over, this French import is an oversized reusable sticker book illustrated by graphic artist Marc Boutavant. It’s like Richard Scarry’s Busy Town, BUT WITH KOALAS, postcard-writing, and international travel. Please disregard where I said I don’t like animals.

Ben Jenkins (Manager, Healing Center)
The Sandman Slipcase set by Neil Gaiman
Hardcover, $199.00
Neil Gaiman is currently my favorite author and I consider this to be his masterpiece. This box set includes all ten trade paperback volumes of the Sandman series where Gaiman follows Morpheus, the embodiment of dreams, throughout time. This is not your typical cape and tights graphic novel.


How Music Works by David Byrne
Hardcover, $32.00
David Byrne of The Talking Heads discusses what music is and what it is to make music. This wonderfully written book is perfect for any music lover.

Art of the Dead by Phil Cushway
Hardcover, $45.00
The Art of the Dead showcases the vibrant, charismatic Grateful Dead poster art that emerged from the streets of San Francisco in 1964 and 1966. Tracing the cultural, political, and historical influences of posters as art back to Japanese wood blocks through Bell Epoque, to the Beatniks, the Free Speech Movement, and the Acid Tests, The Art of the Dead features interviews and profiles of the key artists, including Rick Griffin, Stanley “Mouse” Miller, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, and Victor Moscoso; essays by Greil Marcus, Peter Coyote, and Victoria Binder; and essays on the elements of the printing process. The book follows a chronological evolution of the art from the band’s origination in 1965 through Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Four-color throughout, the book features iconic and rare images as well as extensive “process” material. Ultimately, The Art of the Dead makes the case that poster art is truly an original form of American fine art.

Michael Glaviano (Bayou St. John)
Madness, Rack, and Honey by Mary Ruefle
Paperback, $25.00
Madness, Rack, and Honey is a moving and frequently hilarious collection of lectures delivered over fifteen years by poet Mary Ruefle to her writing students. Many of the lectures are specifically about the craft of writing poems, but don’t let that stop you if you don’t know any poets. Ruefle confronts headlong the questions that disturb the sleep of artists the world over. In “On Fear,” for example, the opening paragraph articulates her concern that in dedicating her life to poetry she may have ‘consecrated [her] life to an imbecility.’ The entire collection is dripping with this kind of superhuman honesty. An energizing and potentially life-changing read for the artsy person in your life.


Hot Pink by Adam Levin
Hardcover, $22.00
The author of sprawling 2010 novel The Instructions is back with a relatively slender book of short fiction, wearing his influences on his sleeve and wearing them well. It’s extremely ambitious, but rarely is this ambition at the expense of emotional resonance. Levin is trying his darnedest to find and stretch the limits of American short fiction. RIYL George Saunders, Wells Tower, Kevin Wilson, and/or David Foster Wallace.

Antigonick by Anne Carson
Hardcover, $24.95
Rogue classicist Anne Carson is always doing the coolest stuff. Antigonick is Carson’s rather nontraditional translation of Sophocles’ Antigone. The play opens with Antigone and Ismene squabbling over whether to attribute a quote to Hegel or Beckett. Later, watching Antigone head off to be buried alive, the chorus asks, “How is a Greek chorus like a lawyer?” The punch line? “They’re both in the business of searching for a precedent.” These anachronisms have been derided as “populist witticisms,” but we humbly contend that they are Carson’s main weapon in her attempt at a translation that is cultural rather than merely linguistic. The book also happens to be a gorgeous object; the text is simply a facsimile of a manuscript in the author’s hand, and interspersed throughout the book are beautiful drawings on translucent vellum by artist Bianca Stone.

Clark Allen (Used & Rare)
The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard by Joe Brainard
Hardcover, $35.00
Collected for the first time in one volume, we finally have the writings of Joe Brainard, visual and literary darling of pop art era New York City. In his short life Brainard displayed a mirthful irreverence in mediums from writing to costume design to illustration and collage. His keen ability to sort, pick apart, and communicate life’s most extraordinary minutia garnered him praise from the likes of Frank O’Hara, Andy Warhol, Georges Perec and many more, cementing his name into place as one of the finest postmodern poets of the time. This volume includes his poetic autobiography “I Remember”, among countless notes, journal entries, short stories, sketches, and casual musings, effortlessly putting on display the sweetness and exuberant potential that American writing has at its best.

We, The Children of Cats by Tomoyuki Hoshino
Paperback, $20.00
Concocted by the award winning author Tomoyuki Hoshino, this is a strange and surreal collection of Japanese short fiction in which a journalist investigates crime in the seedy underground of an elementary school; two killers rediscover themselves as revolutionaries after their exile to Peru; and some people have bodies which just happen to sprout surprising new parts. We, The Children of Cats draws from forces ranging from traditional Japanese literature to Latin American magical realism, and stands proudly as one of the most unique works in translation of 2012.

The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq
Paperback, $16.00
The typically nasty little dissenter Michel Houellebecq released his fifth novel in 2010. After running the European circuit, winning praise and inpsiring disquiet alike, the book made its way to translation for eager English speaking audiences early this year. In The Map and the Territory, Houellbecq again displays his talent in portrayal of his grimmest, most unsettling of nihilistic tendencies, culminating in this novel in the brutal depiction of his own murder. Don’t miss out!

Sara White (Bayou St. John)
Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman 1700-1914 by David Jury
Hardcover, $60.00
David Jury’s new book, Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman 1700-1914, is a hardback gem filled with nearly 800 illustrations of printed ephemera such as engraved title pages, handbills, posters, type specimens, product labels, as well as accompanying text discussing the social and technological circumstances of the printing trade throughout history. This is a truly lovely gift for anyone with an appreciation for the printed page and the evolution of graphic design.

The Science of Good Cooking edited by Cook’s Illustrated Magazine
Hardcover, $40.00
For those who enjoy cooking and those hesitant but interested to learn, I recommend Cook’s Illustrated’s newest book The Science of Good Cooking. This hardback includes over 400 recipes all paired with science experiments explaining why they work and will provide its reader with a foundation of basic cooking concepts.

The Storymatic
Boxed set $29.95
Finally for those more interested in participating in the story than reading it, I recommend The Storymatic. This box set of 500 cards includes prompts for storytelling and is great as a teaching tool or parlor game. There’s also a kids’ version!

Matt Carney (Manager, Bayou St. John)
Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli
Hardcover, $28.00
Mark Binelli manages to capture the daily absurdities inherent to post-crash Detroit without sacrificing (in the name of spectacle, narrative, or farce) the integrity of the city itself. Recommended for any lovers of highly readable location-specific non-fiction or your uncle who enjoys interjecting dinner conversations with moments of “did you know…” regardless of the current topic at hand.


Building Stories by Chris Ware
Boxed set, $50.00
Buildings Stories, one large highly-shakable box containing 14 separate printed pieces, is easily the most tactile holiday gift one could hope for. Recommended for anyone looking for new representations of the small private triumphs that rise from the mundane or that one cousin who derails after-dinner drinks with both sides of the family whenever anyone refers to the graphic novel he’s been working on for six odd years as a “comic book.”

Big Class No. 2 by Big Class
Boxed set, $25.00
Big Class No. 2 is a collection of coloring books (complete with crayons) divided by theme (food, sports, robots, etc) conceived from short stories written by a 1st grade class at Lincoln Elementary (later illustrated by artists around the country). Recommended for anyone enamored with the spirit of collaboration and the wonderfully non-linear logic of youth or the education-oriented friends you invite over for the holidays even though they’ll probably just exasperate themselves explaining “creative agency” to the uncle you may have written off as a lost cause at the apex of a new-found and honestly foolish collegiate callousness but with time have come to appreciate for who he is.

Gladin Scott (Manager, Uptown)
The Best of the Brits
Toby’s Room by Pat Barker
Hardcover, $25.95
From the author of the acclaimed Regeneration trilogy a new novel set during the first world war. Barker once again examines the love and loss faced by an English family in a turbulent time.

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Hardcover, $26.95
McEwan takes us back to the nineteen seventies and the cold war in this entertaining thriller. A great read from a master storyteller.

From the World of Music
I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons
Hardcover, $27.99
This biography of the Leonard Cohen, great songwriter and enigmatic spirit, sheds light on his extraordinary life.

Here at Home
New Orleans Impressionist Cityscapes by Phil Sandusky
Hardcover, $29.95
This latest collection of Sandusky’s impressionist paintings brings the beauty and resilience of a great city to life. The perfect gift for locals or visitors.

Jeremy Blum (Uptown)
Orientation and Other Stories by Daniel Orozco Paperback, $13.00
Orozco leads the reader through the secret lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, office temps, and warehouse workers. Revealing the secret pleasures of late-night supermarket trips, exceptional data entry, and an exiled dictator’s occasional piss on the U.S. embassy, his stories are formally inventive and each with a gut-punch impact, softened only by lyricism and black humor. Featured in McSweeney’s, Harper’s, and Best American Short Stories, Orozco’s work recalls the melancholic tone of Dave Eggers, but with a more overt wit. GOOD TIMES.

My Brain is Hanging Upside Down by David Heatley Hardcover, $24.95
Oh man. I got a lot out of this. Long a fixture in comics anthologies, David Heatley’s wickedly observant drawings have been reaching an increasingly vast audience through his work in the New York Times op-ed pages and various New Yorker covers. This is his life story told in six different but tenuously connected narrative threads. Presented thematically and with a self-lacerating tone, Heatley explores his relationships with such themes as sex and race in a very explicit and uncomfortably hilarious fashion. Using postage stamp-sized panels, he crams a massive amount of narrative onto each page. His naive, visceral drawings imply an unshielded honesty that, I think, truly pushes the medium. ENJOY.

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
Hardcover, $29.95
This is a huge, knotty marvel, the comics equivalent of a Pynchon or Gaddis novel. Asterios Polyp, our arrogant, prickly protagonist, is an award-winning architect who’s never built an actual building, and is in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After the structure of his own life falls apart, he runs away to try to rebuild it into something new. There are fascinating digressions on aesthetic philosophy, as well as some very broad satire, but the core of the book is Mazzucchelli’s odyssey of style—every major character in the book is associated with a specific drawing style and visual motif, and the design, color scheme and formal techniques of every page change to reinforce whatever’s happening in the story. A powerful example of how comics use visual information to illustrate complex, interconnected topics. A lush, remarkable work whose greatest beauty may reside in its core tenet- the need to pay attention to life as it happens. REAL RECOMMENDED.

Gambit Best of New Orleans 2012

September 6th, 2012

Maple Street Book Shop is honored to be named Best Locally Owned Bookstore by Gambit readers in the Best of New Orleans poll for the second year running!

Here’s what they have to say about our shops: “In the face of a changing literary landscape, the oldest independent bookstore in New Orleans has not only adapted with online ebook sales and a strong social media presence, it has expanded to include four locations – - now there’s a happy story with no end in sight.”

A happy story indeed.

AND, our very own Ken Foster (at our Healing Center location), author of The Dogs who Found Me, and most recently, I’m a Good Dog, was named third Best Local Nonfiction Author (behind Chris Rose and Tom Piazza). Congratulations Ken!

Publisher's Weekly: Maple Street Opens Two New Shops in 2011

April 11th, 2012

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Independent Bookstores in New Orleans Say They're Thriving

May 29th, 2011

We are thriving!