|10/13/2010 Books-A-Million to Distribute Local Indie Novel: The Coffee Shop Chronicles Of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA (October 13, 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 book stores, coffee houses,
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.
River House Publishing is a division of New Orleans-based Marigny Research Group, Inc., which has
produced over two dozen best-selling book-length business-to-business reports since its inception in the
mid 1990s. River House Publishing was formed Csaba Lukacs, who serves as publisher and managing