Read what THNOC reads with the Fine Print Book Club (FPBC)! Join us as we read books related to the history of New Orleans and the Gulf South, then participate in the virtual book discussions with staff, authors, and fellow readers.

The FPBC is an informal learning program intended to promote dialogue and connections within our community through shared reading. Books and topics vary from popular to academic, and each reading will center upon building and reevaluating our knowledge of history and culture. The schedule will be announced well in advance so that everyone has plenty of time to read the book.

Participation in the Fine Print Book Club is free, and attendees are expected to obtain their own copy of each title, and registration is required. Sessions will be conducted on Zoom, and the meeting link will be distributed to registrants via email the day prior. 

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Cover of Josie Arlington by Marita Crandle

Josie Arlington's Storyville: The Life and Times of a New Orleans Madam by Marita Woywod Crandle
Virtual discussion with the author Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 7 p.m. CDT
Admission is free. | Registration is required.
This program will take place online via Zoom.



The next Fine Print Book Club selection is Josie Arlington’s Storyville: The Life and Times of a New Orleans Madam (2020) by local author, entrepreneur, and French Quarter resident Marita Crandle. Marita will join participants for the discussion on September 21. 

In her book, Crandle charts Josie’s rise as a Storyville madam while painting a vivid picture of the New Orleans red-light district. During the research phase of her writing process, Marita worked with Senior Reference Associate Bobby Ticknor at THNOC’s Williams Research Center. Bobby will open the September 21 session with a slideshow highlighting THNOC’s archival materials related to Storyville.  

The paperback edition of Josie Arlington’s Storyville is available at The Shop at The Collection for $23.99. Participants might also be interested in THNOC’s 2017 publication Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans. Remember, current THNOC members receive a 10% discount on all purchases at THNOC’s museum store. 


Headshot of Marita Crandle

About the author
Marita and her husband Steve run three French Quarter businesses: the Boutique du Vampyre; Potions, a private speakeasy; and the New Orleans Vampire Café. Marita has a passion for animals and has rescued over 650 dogs since moving to the French Quarter, placing all of them in fairytale homes. She and her husband currently live both in the French Quarter and on the Lakefront with their German Shepherd (Zulu) and rescued cockatiel (Voodoo).



We are deeply grateful to have you as a part of the THNOC community. If you are able, we hope you will consider becoming a member or making a donation to help sustain the Fine Print Book Club and programs like it.