Maple Street Bookshop

In 1965, sisters Rhoda Norman and Mary Kellogg opened the Maple Street Bookshop, the first in New Orleans to specialize in paperback books. As Tess Crager's Basement Bookshop had been in the 1930s and 1940s, the Maple Street in the 1960s became a bastion of left wing and avant garde activity in a largely-conservative New Orleans.

The shop’s friends and patrons have included Walker Percy, Ellen Gilchrist, Tom Dent, and many others. Mary Kellogg’s daughter, Rhoda Faust, later took over the shop and ran it for more than thirty years with the help of Christine Wiltz and Ricky Coxe. In 2007, Faust sold the bookshop to current owner, Donna Allen. The Maple Street location now comprises two shops—a used shop and a new shop—side by side in 19th century Victorian houses.

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Used and Rare Book shop

Used and Rare Book shop

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Rhoda Faust

Rhoda Faust

Rhoda Faust was the daughter of founding co-owner Mary Kellogg. Photo provided by Maple Street Bookshop View File Details Page

Patty Friedmann and Walker Percy, mid-1980s

Patty Friedmann and Walker Percy, mid-1980s

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Ellen Gilchrist (left) speaks with Rhoda Faust

Ellen Gilchrist (left) speaks with Rhoda Faust

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Anne Rice (left) and Rhoda Faust during a signing.

Anne Rice (left) and Rhoda Faust during a signing.

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Madeleine L'Engle signs books at the Children's Shop

Madeleine L'Engle signs books at the Children's Shop

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Nancy Lemman signing books.

Nancy Lemman signing books.

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Tom Dent (left) and Jerry Ward

Tom Dent (left) and Jerry Ward

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Brandon Keene and Lacar Musgrove, “Maple Street Bookshop,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 28, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/399.
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