Who We Are and What We Read

Gladin Scott, Owner, Manager, Event Planner, & Book Buyer Jasper den Hartigh, Bookseller, Book Buyer, Book Club Coordinator Michael Stern, Bookseller Jeremy Blum, Bookseller Maureen Iverson, Bookseller, Storyteller, Assistant Book Buyer Matt Carney, Bookseller Emeritus, Maple Street Used & Rare Cindy Dike, Emeritus Bookseller, Children's Event Planner & Book Buyer

We’ve all got favorites. Ask about our staff picks. We live to recommend.

You can also see some more recommendations on our bookshelves at goodreads!

Gladin Scott, Owner, Manager, Event Planner, & Book Buyer back to top

A long time customer of Maple Street Book Shop, Gladin joined Maple Street Book Shop after a career in music and video distribution. He’s managed the Uptown stores since 2008, and took ownership of the stores August, 2013. Favorite writers include Pat Barker, Paul Bowles, E.M. Forster, Alan Hollingsworth, Ian McKuen, Iris Murdoch, Richard Russo, Paul Scott, Anne Tyler, and Evelyn Waugh. When he is not in the shop over-ordering the work of aging, obscure, or deceased British novelists, Gladin can frequently be found wandering Maple Street in search of coffee and other refreshments for the staff. Gladin includes among his memorable recent reads A Little life by Hanya Yanagihara, City on Fire by Garth Hallberg, M Train Patti Smith, and Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrim of the Flesh by John Lahr.

E-mail Gladin.

Jasper den Hartigh, Bookseller, Book Buyer, Book Club Coordinator back to top

Jasper is originally from The Netherlands but has lived in Louisiana most of his life. In his free time he plays music.

His favorite authors include Joy Williams, Yukio Mishima, Ann Carson, Lydia Davis, Aimee Bender, and Tobias Wolff. Recent books that he’s enjoyed are No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, The Story of my Teeth by Valerie Luiselli, The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, and The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson.

Jasper’s goodreads

E-mail Jasper.

Michael Stern, Bookseller back to top


Michael Stern, a junior at Ben Franklin, works weekends at Maple Street. Recent favorite reads include Things Fall Apart, The Great Gatsby, and Invisible Man. Past favorites include The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the Harry Potter series, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. He plays tennis and enjoys traveling in his spare time.

Jeremy Blum, Bookseller back to top


Jeremy’s favorite writers include George Saunders, Zadie Smith, Lucia Berlin, Rivka Galchen, Sarah Vowell, Adrian Tomine, Joan Didion, Raymond Carver, Junot Diaz, Cesar Aira, Ben Lerner, and John Jeremiah Sullivan. He enjoys friendship and popcorn.

Maureen Iverson, Bookseller, Storyteller, Assistant Book Buyer back to top


Maureen has been a resident of New Orleans and a customer of the Maple Street Book Shops since 1995, age nine. Her favorite authors include Ellen Gilchrist, Kevin Wilson, Donald Barthelme, Russell Hoban, and Karen Russell. She likes short stories and books about girls.

E-mail Maureen.

Matt Carney, Bookseller Emeritus, Maple Street Used & Rare back to top

Matt grew up in Baton Rouge then lived in New Orleans until he didn’t anymore and stayed away until he did again. He is relatively omnivorous when it comes to reading, though tends to grant concessions to certain genres over others. A few of his favorite writers include Philip K. Dick, Rebecca Solnit, Eula Biss, and Roberto Bolano.

His newest venture is something about covers.

E-mail Matt.

Cindy Dike, Emeritus Bookseller, Children's Event Planner & Book Buyer back to top


Cindy has been a bookseller since 1986. She was a partner at Maple Street Children’s Book Shop from 1988 till she closed the doors of the shop in 2009. She is the children’s and young adult buyer (and event planner!) at Maple Street’s main branch.

In high school and in college, she enjoyed the required reading (with the exception of The Red Badge of Courage and The Scarlet Letter). She likes novels, murder mysteries and autobiographies. Her all time favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird. Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and John Stinebeck are all old friends whom she likes to visit every now and then. Jane Smiley, Kate Atkins, Tim Gautreaux, Richard Russo, Amy Tan, Annie Proulx are some of the contemporary authors on her favorites shelf at the book shop. On the subject of murder, Michael Connelly, P. D. James, Robert Goddard, and Janet Evanovich are her go-to authors.

Most recently she’s enjoyed The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, The Whites by Richard Price, The Hundred Years Trilogy by Jane Smiley, and Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life and A God in Ruins

E-mail Cindy.