Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Celebrating Banned Books in NOLA

Please join us at we celebrate BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2008!

When: Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, 225 Decatur Street - Voodoo Garden
Why: To celebrate the FREEDOM TO READ!

Featured speakers include author Ethan Clarke (Leaning With Intent to Fall), Ted OʼBrien (New Orleans Noir), and Stephen Rae (Spring 2009 release of Finn McCoolʼs Football Club), Winter Randall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellerʼs Association, and Marjorie Esman, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana.

Members of the community are invited to participate. There will be a sign-up sheet for audience members to sign up and read from their favorite Banned Book. We ask that you read for no more than five minutes, and please remember to speak about why this book is important to you. (Of course, please bring the book you want to read from!!!!) We think this will be a great component to the event, and allow for much more community participation. So come and be prepared to read.

Personally, my favorite "Banned Book" is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The irony is almost too much.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

One Book One New Orleans

Blue Cypress Books is very excited to be working with One Book One New Orleans.

One Book, One New Orleans is a community wide reading program of the Young Leadership Council and the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans. One Book has a two part mission: we are a campaign for literacy and community. During a reading period every year, One Book encourages residents of the Greater New Orleans Area aged 16 years and older to engage in the common endeavor of reading the same book at the same time. Our aim is that through this shared experience, residents from the different communities of Greater New Orleans come together and embrace their similarities by reading, discussing, and attending events relating to the same book. This year's book is Tom Piazza's "City of Refuge."

Our event will be inspired by the book's characters: "Annie's Home," which takes its name from a young girl's love for the city. This event is a children's art project in which children will create houses and neighborhoods from pint-sized milk cartons. The event is Oct. 18 at Blue Cypress Books at 2 p.m. See you there~

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Back to Basics

Well, this weekend was a huge step forward what with carpet, significant movement of books, and the entire dismantling of the shelving in the former store and moving it to the new store. Mr. James, my shelf maker, has completed his own repairs and said he'll report for duty to install the shelves tomorrow.

Yesterday, as I didn't have a store to open, I set up tables outside and of course, the response was great. My regulars showed up and I spent most of the time with the standard hurricane questions - "Where did you go?" and "When did you get power?" and "How asinine is our Mayor?"

Will continue all the hard work and two weeks from now . . . fingers crossed . . . will open the doors to the new and improved Blue Cypress Books.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Power on Oak Street.

Came back to a safe & sound business on Wednesday morning and a busy Oak Street. Rue and Zots are both serving coffee and pastries to those of us who can't live happily without the caffeine buzz. Gelato Pazzo is also open as is the new Indian place, Curry Corner. I also heard Castillo's is open as well as a few others.

I myself would also be open if I had books. Unfortunately, I was in the process of moving in to the new store when 'ol Gustav struck and I'm still without carpet & shelving as my contractor is somewhere in Texas!

Still, it wouldn't be any fun if I couldn't sell some books, so tomorrow, I'm throwing up a few tables to provide to those who still have nothing much to do in the evenings but sit around candles and read a good book. See you tomorrow!