Sunday, July 11, 2010
Support your local bookseller! Visit Blue Cypress Books
I reluctantly parted with almost $18, an amount that could've scored me possibly three or four books if I was at home, and I couldn't help thinking about how lucky I am to live in a city that still values the entrepreneur. Although we still have access to mega-bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble, New Orleans can still sustain the small bookstore owners like Octavia, Maple Street and my new neighborhood haunt, Blue Cypress Books.
I had purchased my first Christopher Moore novel, Practical Demonkeeping, at Blue Cypress Books for a pittance...$6 for a trade paperback in good condition. I recently went back to fill out my library a little more, spending no more than that same $18 for two books, one a signed hardcover! The store had expanded some since my last visit, the back room became a sci-fi/fantasy area and the inventory just keeps growing.
Another really awesome thing about Blue Cypress Books is the individual attention you get from the owner who is obviously enamored with her profession. How smitten with the written word would one have to be in order to risk financial catastrophe by opening up an independent bookstore? Especially considering the warehouse store competition they'd face? Definitely a romantic vision worth supporting...
My soapbox statement for the day: Support your neighborhood bookstore and if you don't have one in your 'hood, you're welcome to visit mine and stop into Blue Cypress Books at 8126 Oak Street. Not only will you be promoting small business, you'll be preserving our unique sense of individuality...one of many qualities that makes New Orleans among the most fascinating cities in the world.
Written by Kim Ranjbar