Maggie McKeown (right) talks to musician George Alvey Jr. on Thursday, the day after she announced that McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music will close at the end of the month. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
In a world of electronic ink, instant-prime shipping and streaming digital video, January 2014 will bring the final chapter for McKeown’s Books and Digital Music, the little Tchoupitoulas Street refuge from the modern world where the music was meant to be heard quietly and the most important feature was a round table in the center where patrons could sit, read and talk together.
Maggie McKeown, the shop’s irrepressible proprietress, announced in a New Year’s Day email to supporters that the store will close at the end of the month, with all used books 50 percent off until then. Even the book shelves are for sale. Continue reading »