Bienville Books

Address: 109 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL  36602

Phone: 251-438-2904

Owner: Russ Adams


Twitter: @bienvillebooks

A lifelong love of reading and a desire to help revitalize the downtown Mobile area led Russ Adams to start Bienville Books.

The building that houses the store originally belonged to Russ’ father and another businessman. He have eventually purchased the building from the other owners and turned it into a book lover’s paradise, featuring history, classics and local/regional nonfiction. Popular books by Southern authors include “A Confederacy of Dunces,” “Alabama Moon,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “Southern Ladies and Gentlemen.” Furniture and furnishings are also for sale, as well as art by local artists.

Bienville Book’s variety of local and regional books, as well as artwork pertaining to the Mobile community, truly speak to the store’s Southern roots. They’ve also republished a rare copy of “Our Creole Carnival,” an 1890 publication on Mardi Gras in the United States. It was the first of ten annual publications by T. C. De Leon, editor of the Mobile Register and a prominent author of the day. The 40-page booklet, features six pages of illustrations of floats and tableaux from New Orleans, Mobile, Baltimore and Vicksburg, as well as gorgeous cover illustration.

In addition, making for one of the most entertaining elements of visiting Bienville Books. Russ also inherited the goodwill of a previous bookstore, The Haunted Book Shop, which was a downtown fixture for fifty years. The upstairs is named in its honor and carries on its spooky traditions.

Posted August 25, 2010 at 7:07 am · 1 comment · Leave a Comment


  1. anne wirth, October 20th, 2011, 1:31 pm

    I have a copy of Creole Carnivals buy T. C. DeLeon published in 1898. It seems intact and good condition. Do you know who may be interested in buying is booklet? Sincerly, Anne T. Wirth

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