Maple Street Book Shop
Gladin Scott will close Maple Steet Book Shop June 17. It has been open since 1964.
, a mainstay of the New Orleans literary community since 1964, will close its doors for good June 17. Owner Gladin Scott, who had previously announced the store would close at the end of 2015, confirmed the news by phone today.
"When I decided to stay open then [in 2015], it was just on a month-to-month basis," Scott said. "Unfortunately business went in the other direction. This year has been in a sharp decline."
Scott attributes the downturn to "a combination of many things — certainly online ordering, but in New Orleans we have a number of independent book shops, especially in the Uptown area. Plus people have been so distracted since the election ... when you see your customers out protesting something every weekend, I think people haven't been reading as much. And there have been no books that really drive business. You really need something to get people's attention."
Scott, a longtime customer and then employee at Maple Street Book Shop, bought the business in 2013. He says the store will finish out its announced schedule of personal appearances (Tom Piazza will be there Thursday), but this time, the closing is final.
"This has been a part of my life for 50 years," he said. "Times change. I've tried to ignore it, but I can't any more."