Interview DJ Johnson, Baldwin & Co. Bookstore (The Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans)

Interview DJ Johnson, Baldwin & Co. Bookstore (The Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans)

In this episode of The Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans, host Rob Lee sits down with DJ Johnson, the owner of Baldwin & Co, a unique, community-driven bookstore and coffeehouse located in Faubourg Marigny. Join Rob and DJ as they explore the world of indie bookstores and coffeehouses and the role they play in promoting community and connection.

DJ is a New Orleans native who has a background in information technology and a passion for books and coffee. He founded Baldwin & Co as a way to combine his passions and provide a space for the community to come together, share ideas, and connect.

Listen as DJ shares his story, his journey from information technology to the world of indie bookstores and coffeehouses, and his vision for Baldwin & Co. From the bright white Art Deco structure that was previously home to Gene's Curbside Daquiris, to the vibrant community atmosphere of Faubourg Marigny, Baldwin & Co is the perfect destination for book lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the world of indie bookstores, the role of community-driven businesses in promoting connection, and the vibrant cultural scene of New Orleans.

About Baldwin and Co.

Baldwin & Co. works to expand literacy and promote discourse among all members of the community. There’s no better way to foster intellectual growth than through books and literature. Baldwin & Co. believes the success of every individual begins with a book in hand. Inspired by James Baldwin, we work to eradicate the root causes of poverty, eliminate discrimination, increase access to opportunity, and combat the racism that underlies inequity. Through the power of books, we are increasing individuals' ability to improve their lives and achieve economic independence.


Welcome to the Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans!

Having a diverse arts scene, New Orleans is one of the most interesting, culturally vibrant and unique cities in the world. 

Join Rob Lee, host of The Truth in This Art podcast, on his journey from Baltimore to New Orleans. As a lover of art and culture, Rob's favorite city to visit is the vibrant and dynamic city of New Orleans. In January of 2023, Rob visited the city to conduct a series of interviews as a love letter to the city and its rich culture. This episode is a part of the Baltimore to New Orleans series. 

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This interview was recorded in New Orleans during Mardi Gras season in January 2023. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Baldwin & Co. Books & Coffee
Baldwin & Co. Books & Coffee
DJ Johnson is the owner of Baldwin & Co. Baldwin & Co. is an independent bookstore located in New Orleans, LA. Inside, books on mystery, business, history, art, travel, children’s literature and more.

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