Who We Are and What We Read

Gladin Scott, Owner, Manager, Event Planner, and Book Buyer Cindy Dike, Children's Event Planner and Book Buyer Jasper den Hartigh, Bookseller Maureen Iverson, Bookseller, Storyteller, Assistant Book Buyer Matt Carney, Bookseller, Maple Street Used & Rare

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, and 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 Capital by John Lanchester, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, The Rage by Gene Kerrigan, and A Dark Redemption by Stav Sherez.

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Cindy Dike, Children's Event Planner and 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 fav 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. The bios she has read recently are Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls .

E-mail Cindy.

Jasper den Hartigh, Bookseller 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, Lydia Davis, Aimee Bender, and Tobias Wolff. Recent books that he’s enjoyed are Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel, and Very Casual by Michael DeForge.

Jasper’s goodreads

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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 most of all, books featuring girls.

E-mail Maureen.

Matt Carney, Bookseller, 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.