Borders Books is about to open a new outlet in the former Bultman Funeral Home on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. It is a neighborhood where independent bookstores have thrived over the years.

As in many communities across the country, this opens a debate about the pros and cons of how national chains and local businesses compete.

New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Laurie Halse Anderson is in New Orleans promoting her new book Chains, a story of the American Revolutionary War as seen by a 13-year-old slave girl fighting for her freedom.

Tom Piazza's new novel "City of Refuge" is about to be released just before the upcoming third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans photographer's latest work is a personal testament to the storm's destruction and to the resiliency of those who call New Orleans home.

Cokie talks about her new book, "Ladies of Liberty".