Independent Bookstore Day Plays a Week Late in the Big Easy
In New Orleans, Independent Bookstore Day will be held on Saturday, May 9, a week later than in the rest of the country.
The reason is Jazz Fest, which runs from April 24 to May 3 and has been one of the largest of New Orleans's many festivals and events that run throughout the year. "Jazz Fest is so big that it would be kind of worthless if we did Independent Bookstore Day the same weekend," explained Britton Trice, owner of Garden District Book Shop.
During Jazz Fest, formally known as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association, which includes nine New Orleans indies, operates a book tent, with proceeds going to literacy causes around the city. "It's our big fundraiser, and it's our 31st year doing it," Trice said.
Other than the week delay, Independent Bookstore Day in New Orleans resembles other IBD events around the country. Octavia Books will host several authors, including Carrie Rollwagen, author of an apropos title, The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local, and Reclaim the American Dream. Several area stores are featuring journals with a map of New Orleans on the cover made by Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge.