Books-A-Million to Distribute Local Indie Novel: The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans

SOURCE: River House Publishing

NEW ORLEANS, LA–(Marketwire – October 14, 2010) – River House Publishing, New Orleans, LA, today announced that Books-A-Million has chosen THE COFFEE SHOP CHRONICLES OF NEW ORLEANS — PART 1 for distribution in all of its Louisiana stores. This selection follows a month-long vetting process by Books-A-Million’s distribution subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company. “We consider it a great honor to be selected by Books-A-Million, one of the nation’s largest booksellers,” commented River House publisher Csaba Lukacs. “The book has become something of a phenomenon in New Orleans, and with the addition of Books-A-Million as a vendor it is now available statewide in Louisiana, with the possibility of broader distribution through Books-A-Million’s enormous network of 229 stores in 23 states and the District of Columbia.” The new Louisiana locations are: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Slidell.

Shortly after its publication in June, THE COFFEE SHOP CHRONICLES OF NEW ORLEANS was chosen by The Times-Picayune as a “Hot Read” of the summer. Now approaching the 1,000 copies sales milestone, it is stocked by over two dozen shops in New Orleans, including independent bookstores, coffeehouses, gift shops, college stores (Tulane and Loyola), Hudson Booksellers, Borders, and Barnes & Noble. The first installment in a three-part serial novel written and printed in New Orleans, the novel blends satire, mystery, fact, and fiction while exploring such weighty themes as the “sacrament” of coffee drinking, living sober, and the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow in America.

The novel is narrated primarily from the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny, and it “reviews” such local coffee shop haunts as CC’s, PJ’s, Café Rose Nicaud, Café du Monde, and Rue de la Course. Its protagonist is the agnostic, ten-years-sober son of a Baptist minister, B. Sammy Singleton, who “has an opinion about everything” and a guidebook on New Orleans coffee shops to write. But when Sammy’s best friend Catfish — reluctant heir to the Beaucoeur sugarcane fortune — is arrested for “grave robbing” and then goes missing, events spin out of control.

David Lummis is a nationally known consumer market analyst who resides in New Orleans’ historic Faubourg Marigny. THE COFFEE SHOP CHRONICLES OF NEW ORLEANS is his first novel.

Publisher: Csaba Lukacs: 504-931-6362; [email protected]

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