SOUTHERN BYWAYS BOOKSTORE PROJECT: GARDEN DISTRICT BOOK SHOP

Garden District Book Shop

Address: 2727 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-895-2266
Owner: Britton Trice
Website: www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

Britton Trice says “There’s nothing like owning a business you love.” He got to know the business he owns and loves from the ground up: Garden District Books opened more than 33 years ago, and Trice worked there as manager before buying into the store and then ultimately purchasing it outright. He says that Garden District is the perfect combination of a central location in New Orleans’ most beautiful residential neighborhood, and a prime tourist attraction: The book store is housed in one of the District’s loveliest examples of antebellum architecture.

Garden District Books capitalizes on this combination by offering a wide selection of books on New Orleans and Louisiana – both in-print and out-of-print, as well as offering frequent literary events for local and regional authors. Trice also makes sure to book national authors, since he says “our large selection of signed books” is a customer favorite.

Other customer favorites by Southern authors include “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole, “The Moviegoer” by Walker Percy, “The House on First Street” by Julia Reed, and “Gumbo Tales” by Sara Roshen.

Over the many years he’s been involved with Garden District Books, Trice has developed many cherished memories. “There are so many: Having Walker Percy, William Styron, and Willie Morris in the store all at once. Anne Rice’s mega-event, the one where she arrived in a closed casket. Not to mention Pat Conroy’s kindness after Hurricane Katrina. The memories go on and on…”

Fortunately, for its loyal customers, so does the history of Garden Street Books.

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