This weekend Blair staffers went to New Orleans for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association trade show and the good times did roll!
Trisina mans the Blair booth
We got to catch up with some of our favorite indie booksellers from around the South and share our excitement for forthcoming titles. JKS Communications was handing out king cake, and our resulting prize took watch over the table.
Blair’s booth gets a new spokesman
After the conference we were free at night to explore the sights, sounds, and especially tastes, of the city. Our streetcar ride through the impressive houses of the garden district introduced us to beaded trees.
New Orleans – a city so decadent that jewels drip from the trees
One delicious dinner at Arnaud’s included a mushroom and crab cake shaped like a crab.
I could get used to puff pastry being a staple of every meal.
We stopped at Pat O’Brien’s for their famous, and deadly, hurricane while wandering down Bourbon street. Trisina’s souvenir glass somehow made it all the way back to North Carolina without a scratch. Looks like there will be more hurricane consumption to come!
Can you tell from the picture how giant this glass is? It’s giant.
Caught up in the festive spirit some of our group were swept into a store to buy masks.
Blending in on Bourbon Street
Luckily for Angela, Blair’s former vice president of sales and marketing, her frozen margarita provided her with a red tongue that perfectly matched her new red mask.
We miss you, Angela!
Thanks for a great time in the big easy fellow book lovers of the south.See you next year in Norfolk!