by Jeanie Riess
Maple Street Book Shop is closing its Used and Rare Shop this weekend and consolidating its used inventory with the new books next door. It's a sad thing, but it also means there are a number of deals to be had for booklovers, like $1 paperbacks and $2 hardcovers till Sunday.
Owner Gladin Scott says employees picked particularly sellable used books from the piles at the used store to bring next door, but the selection of pre-owned titles will be smaller in the remaining shop, so the difference is being sold off at low prices.
Matt Carney, who's been behind the counter at the bookstore since the Bayou St. John shop closed earlier this year, says there are still gems to be found among what's left. A selection of books from each genre remains, though hardcover art books are in particularly abundant supply, along with mysteries and histories.
Even though used books will be sold next door, the closing of the used and rare shop is bittersweet. "Some items are so wonderful to have in a used shop," Carney said over the phone. "Even books no one will probably buy. Right now I'm looking at a book called Steamboats Come True. It's good to know things like that exist. This is an understanding space for that."
Maple Street is cutting down on space to reduce costs, says Scott. A new tenant for the building has yet to be found. That building was the original Maple Street Book Shop, which opened in 1964. It became a used bookstore in 2009, when Maple Street Book Shop bought 8,000 new and used books from the inventory of the closing deVille Books and Prints.