When you visit New Orleans and stay with Bluegreen Resorts at its recently renovated Bluegreen Club La Pension at the edge of the French Quarter, you’ll have all the lively color, fun, music, and cuisine of the neighborhood almost at your doorstep. Explore the beauty and history of St. Louis Cathedral – the oldest building of its kind in North America – at the center of historic Jackson Square, which is also home to the elegant Pontalba Buildings, constructed in red brick in the middle of the 19th century. When you wander Pirate’s Alley behind the cathedral, you’ll find a small, off-the-beaten-path book shop, the charm of which will encourage you to stay and browse away an afternoon.
Book lovers won’t want to miss Faulkner House Books, located at 624 Pirate’s Alley, opposite the cathedral’s rear garden. Lovingly restored by its owners, co-founders of The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc., the shop is housed in the building Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner occupied in 1925 while he was writing his first book, Soldier’s Pay. Declared a national literary landmark, Faulkner House pays tribute to the author and to many notable peers through its extensive offerings of some of the best works from the literary canon of the American South. Here you will find rare editions of the works of Faulkner and others, as well as affordably priced volumes by acclaimed classic and contemporary writers.
The cozy indoor space is filled with light and quiet, as you look up at row after row of books that invite you to read and enjoy. Writers whose Louisiana-set work you are likely to encounter include Robert Penn Warren, author of the classic All the King’s Men, Walker Percy, who wrote the iconic National Book Award winner The Moviegoer, and John Kennedy Toole, who penned the sprawling and widely beloved novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Any of these novels, and many others that crowd the Faulkner House’s shelves, would make meaningful New Orleans-themed gifts for yourself or someone special.