Fight the Stupids! (and support independent bookshops)
New Orleans is particularly rich in independent book sellers and the slogan of one, Maple Street Book Store is "Fight the Stupids!" In a world filled with reality television which reduces our humanity and creates caricatures which convey of the worst of the human condition, it is wonderful to know that there are people fighting against the tide of ignorance!
If you are in New Orleans, take advantage of the independent book shops before they vanish. They are a haven, staffed by people who live to read and offer a carefully curated collection of books. The evening talks give the opportunity to listen to and meet authors who would otherwise might be in accessible. I heard a gripping talk by Richard Campanella on his book Bourbon Street which taught me more about the history of this multi-layered city than I would ever have gleaned from guidebooks.
Fight the Stupids!
Maple Street Bookshop, New Orleans
Octavia Books, New Orleans
Garden District Bookshop, New Orleans
Heywood Hill, London - my favourite place in London!
Kitchen Witch Cookery Books - an Aladdin's cave (and try spice mixes made by the incredible Philipe)