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The Not So New Orleans Book Fair September 27, 2015

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.

To: First Lady Chery Landrieu:

My name is Mark Folse, and for the past five years (since the TP folded their book section and laid off Susan Larson) I have invested countless hours and thousands of dollars (in Facebook promotion) to prepare and widely circulate all literary event listings in the city of New Orleans.

I am terribly disappointed to find that again this year the so-called “New Orleans” Book Festival is sponsored and promoted in partnership with a company which does not even have a store within the city of New Orleans.

Originally, this even was done in partnership with a local, independently-owned book shop. For the last several years a local company was dumped in favor of a national chain store that does not have an outlet in the city. This is disgraceful.

Odd Words’ immediate reach via the weekly listing post on ToulouseStreet.net is over 100 viewers weekly. The advertising-supported Facebook placement reaches thousands of self-identified lovers of literature in the metropolitan New Orleans area. It is also shared with several hundred Twitter followers and more on Google+.

Because Ms. Landrieu and this administration chose to snub local businesses in favor of Barnes and Noble, I will do everything in my power over the next few weeks to 1) call attention to this, observing that in the past this event involved local businesses and 2) discourage attendance until this again because a true New Orleans event featuring New Orleans book stores.

Mark Folse
Odd Words


1. cecile torbergsen - September 27, 2015

Exellent, Mark!  


2. Mary Gehman - September 28, 2015

Good for you for calling the N.O. Book Festival out on this! Who is behind it anyway –Barnes & Noble?


The Typist - September 28, 2015

Yes, Barnes and Noble is the corporate sponsor. I hated to give them the name play, as it’s really about Ms. Landrieu’s and her staff’s bad decision.


3. michaelpatrickwelch - September 28, 2015

You don’t mean the Book Fair do you? Just to be clear.


The Typist - September 29, 2015

No, this is Cheryl Landrieu’s official First Lady event.


4. Kent Caldwell - October 6, 2015

Fight the good fight, sir Typist. Your are an honorable man.


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