Faulkner House Books, New Orleans

4.5
A sanctuary for bookworms, Faulkner House Books is housed inside an attractive historic building. The iconic store features a handpicked collection of literature, including many books about Faulkner himself. You can also find a selection of works by past and present local authors, with the emphasis here on serious literature rather than light bestsellers. Make Faulkner House Books a centerpiece of your New Orleans vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our New Orleans trip itinerary planner.
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  • Love the books, character and staff. Hated rubbing bodies with anyone in the shop walking near me! Leave the kids with someone so you can peruse and check out some historic and never to be seen again ...  more »
  • Tiny independent bookshop packed with local & southern classics and literary momentos from celebrated authors and poets. A joy to browse - stop to enjoy an absinthe cocktail next door with your books!  more »
  • Nestled right in the center of the French Quarter, and filled floor to ceiling with books, and the personal belongings of William Faulkner. A great place to visit and to receive a recommendation for w...  more »
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  • Best bookstore I've ever been to, right in the very heart of the French Quarter. I buy a Faulkner book every time I visit, and I like to imagine where in the house he was sitting when he wrote a few of his books. It's fairly small, but you will find exactly what you're looking for here (unless you're into the vampire romance genre. This ain't your spot.) If you want to read what was written in the house, the following books are usually stored front and center: 1. Soldiers' Pay (His first major work) 2. Mosquitoes (set in NOLA) If you're a fan of poetry, the back hallway is your spot. There are 2 full bookshelves packed with all the poetry you could ever want. Then go next door and get some absinthe 😬
  • Great, quiet little spot in the French Quarter featuring a wide variety of books, both rare and ordinary, for purchase. Like everything in the Quater, it is tight inside but this is nothing unusual. The staff is warm and helping and the prices are standard and, historically, the location is that where the one and only William Fualkner stayed and wrote at while in New Orleans. For that fact alone, any lover of literature of tourist should pay a visit to Faulkner House Books.
  • A blink and you'll miss it hole-in-the-wall place, but it has a treasure trove of books
  • Not worth going to if you're a racial minority or do not fit the white, thin and able-bodied persona. A place's bookseller does not have to be explicitly racist to tell you you aren't welcome in their store. I saw the old white woman go out of her way to help my white friend and another white lady that walked into the store but did not say a word to me or an overweight white woman who walked in. This detail to service had that much of an effect that I decided not to buy a book that I had actually wanted to read and decided that I'd find the book elsewhere to not give to a low key subtly racist seller. It's quite odd given that Southern Gothic literature often provides a scathing critique on old Southern racism and yet this store is run by a seller whonis racist, which makes this establishment even more ironic. POC - this place is definitely not for you. Spend your money elsewhere with people that will actually give a damn.
  • Very beautiful bookstore. Been around for 27 years. Nice selection of books. Small and lovely. The owner is very sweet and willing to make recommendations.

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