What do YOU want from your local bookstore? Please join us on Tuesday, March 22nd for a dialog about the future of books in the city we love.
By now, you have seen the headlines: "Borders Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection - Will Close 2 New Orleans Area Stores." Borders Books opened very close to us 2 years ago in a building financed with hurricane recovery (Gulf Opportunity Zone) funds on the site of the Bultman Funeral Home. We took it as an opportunity to demonstrate our strengths as an independent bookstore rooted in the community we love. Though they came as our competition, we regret the loss of any book venue in our city. And we are especially concerned about those booksellers who may find themselves without a job and for those small publishers who will not get paid for the books they supplied.
On the other hand, Octavia Books – now into our eleventh year and part of a long tradition of independent bookstores in New Orleans – continues to grow as a vibrant center of literary activity.
To all our regular customers, and to all Borders customers looking for a new bookstore to call your own, we promise to keep working hard to offer you a welcoming place where you can always talk with us about books you’ve discovered; where you will find a thoughtful, personally selected array of titles to browse, examine and take home; and where you can regularly meet great authors in person and through the printed word. We look forward to being the place you will come back to again and again.
If you are concerned about the future of books in our city, we invite you to be part of a conversation about what you want from your local bookstore. Michael Tisserand, former editor of Gambit Weekly and author of Sugarcane Academy, has agreed to be our moderator. Whether you are a regular Octavia Books customer, a longtime Borders customer, or if you’ve only just heard about us, we hope that you’ll join us on Tuesday, March 22, at 6 pm, where you can give voice to your concerns – and we’ll be listening.