Located in uptown
New Orleans, Louisiana
513 Octavia Street
(corner of Laurel)
Welcome to Octavia Books, where our well-read staff is always happy to provide friendly assistance. Thank you for choosing to let Octavia Books serve you and be your independent bookstore.
Octavia Books is pleased to announce that we are hosting over a dozen outstanding local authors as guest booksellers on Small Business Saturday, November 29. Each author will be chatting with customers and recommending favorite books and will be happy to talk about and sign their own books as well.
Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 29, Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.
Indies First also encourages authors—and anybody who wants to sell a book through a website—to make the indie “Buy” button the FIRST among all e-retailer choices on their websites. Other participating Indies First stores and authors across the nation may be found on IndieBound.org.
Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is a day dedicated to helping support the local businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods.
We do look forward to seeing you on this fun and exciting independent shopping day — a healty antidote to the dizzying, crowd manipulating "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" craze. As an added bonus, we will be giving away Indies First shopping bags; and, in conjunction with Stay Local, we will have a drawing for three $25 American Express gift cards.
Moria Crone, THE ICE GARDEN
Lorin Gaudin, NEW ORLEANS CHEF'S TABLE
Kim Marie Vaz, THE "BABY DOLLS"
Edward J. Branley, NEW ORLEANS JAZZ
Louis Maistros, THE SOUND of BUILDING COFFINS
Carolyn Kolb, NEW ORLEANS MEMORIES
George Bishop, THE NIGHT of the COMET
Michael Patrick Welch, NEW ORLEANS: The Underground Guide
Katy Simpson Smith, THE STORY of LAND and SEA
Claudia Gray, A THOUSAND PIECES of YOU
Morgan Molthrop, JACKSON'S PLAYBOOK and ARTIST SPACES
Sally Asher, HOPE and NEW ORLEANS
Tom Piazza, WHY NEW ORLEANS MATTERS
Thanks for shopping indie!
Please join us when New York Times bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes to the uptown JCC to present THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Age, Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:00 PM.
Octavia Books will have THE INNOVATORS for sale in the store and at the event where your purchase will help support cultural programs at the JCC. To reserve a signed copy, please click here or call us during store hours at 504-899-READ. Walter Isaacson will sign books immediately following the lecture.
Isaacson provides a sweeping and scintillating narrative of the inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs who have given the world computers and the Internet. . . . a near-perfect marriage of author and subject . . . an informative and accessible account of the translation of computers, programming, transistors, micro-processors, the Internet, software, PCs, the World Wide Web and search engines from idea into reality. . . . [a] masterful book.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, THE INNOVATORS is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.
What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?
In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.
This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.
For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, THE INNOVATORS shows how they happen.
Walter Isaacson is CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. A native New Orleanian, he lives in Washington, DC.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:00 P.M., two New Orleans writers, Mason James Cole and Alex Jennings, will dish about the state of genre literature (horror, SF, crime, magic realism) and discuss how, why, and which authors are blurring the boundaries between those categories. In addition to the discussion, the authors will read from and sign their own works: Mason James Cole with his novel, BUSTER VOODOO, and Alex Jennings with HERE I COME and OTHER STORIES. Join us for wine, cheese, and lively conversation.
ABOUT BUSTER VOODOO
"...bristling with dread and suspense, as well as some of the creepiest scenes you'll read this side of Stephen King." - Bryan Smith, author of House of Blood and Strange Ways
As the child of a Voodoo priestess in a poor black neighborhood in 1940s New Orleans, he witnesses brutality, desperation, and death. When children start to disappear in the Tremé, word spreads that a terrifying legend is to blame. Buster Voodoo is back... and Dixon's sister is missing.
Sixty years later, Dixon is a custodian at a second-rate theme park, watching the clock wind down with a bottle in his hand. Life is devoid of the magic and mystery of Dixon's childhood until it comes to his attention that children are disappearing into the shadows of the run-down dark ride known as “Marie Laveau’s Zombie Nightmare.” As he begins to question his sanity, a deadly force looms on the horizon that is far more powerful than any boogeyman: Hurricane Katrina.
In two gripping interlaced narratives that build to a devastating climax, Dixon uncovers the terrible realities behind his sister’s disappearance—and his mother’s dark secrets—as he struggles to endure the savage days following in the storm’s wake.
ABOUT HERE I COME and OTHER STORIES
Who are we when we are alone? What are ghosts if not memories of the past given voice? Are our bodies and identities warped by the emotions that pass through us? What would it mean for Humanity to have a cosmic parent? Unsolvable by logic or method, such topics are not the business of the scientist. Only the philosopher, the guru, and the fantasist are fit to map these terrains. Consider this volume a guidebook.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Mason James Cole, author of the cult hit Pray to Stay Dead, returns with a chilling novel that contrasts the horrors of the imagination with the horrors of the real world. Suspenseful and heartrending, BUSTER VOODOO is a fever-dream that reads like Stephen King by way of Flannery O’Connor—a glimpse into a sad world on the brink of disaster and the story of one man’s struggle to unravel the haunting mystery of his childhood.
Born in Germany, Alex Jennings has lived in in Botswana, Suriname, Tunisia, and the United States. He draws on his experience in these lands as he investigates the darker corners of existence through science fiction, urban fantasy, and even comic-book-style superheroes. His fiction is peopled by fallen angels, clinically depressed gods, mechanically inclined ghosts, and stuffed toys questing after the meaning of existence. Take a look inside Here I Come and Other Stories and let Alex Jennings guide you through alien geographies rendered unsettlingly familiar.