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.
Anne Byrn, aka "The Cake Mix Doctor," celebrates the release of her new book, ANNE BRYN SAVES THE DAY! - 125 Guranteed-to-Please, Go-to Recipes to Rescue Any Occasion, at the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market. Byrn will sign books and do a Halloween-themed demo (we hear pumpkin and chocolate are involved)!
It's Anne Byrn to the rescue! A problem-solver extraordinaire, Anne Byrn knows what every too-busy cook knows. There are a gazillion recipes in the world, but the right recipe, the recipe that always works, the lifesaving recipe for when times are crazy that s priceless. Save the Day Cookbook presents 125 of these guaranteed tried-and-true recipes for every occasion. Whether they are Anne Byrn's own family favorites or collected from her network of fans across the country, these go-to recipes include easy appetizers for a party or potluck Bacon and Cheddar Torte, Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers Witowski; mains to feed a family or a crowd, from fast-to-fix Shrimp and Cheese Grits to do-ahead, no-fuss Ina's Sweet- and-Sour Brisket; salads perfect for entertaining the book club, including Grilled Tuna Salade Nic, oise and Libby's Avocado and Pink Grapefruit Salad; sides that please everyone; and desserts that don't take a week to assemble, like Veronica's Mocha Cake, Lemon Snow Pudding, Ella's Easy Peach Pie. Upbeat in attitude (it's going to be okay, really) and with full-color photos throughout, the Save the Day Cookbook will be one that readers will turn to again and again. And for not only its recipes but its ideas too, including money-saver tips, menu and serving suggestions, Razzle-Dazzle variations, do-ahead notes, and much more. Your day is saved. And you're welcome.
Join us to celebrate the final book in Leigh Bardugo's "Grisha" trilogy, RUIN AND RISING. She'll be with us on Saturday, November 1, 2014, 5:00 P.M. If you purchase one of the books from her Grisha trilogy, you will receive custom dice and a game Bardugo designed (first come, first served)! Also, Miss Leigh will be reading from her forthcoming book, SIX of CROWS. Sneak peek, fans!
Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. (photo credit: Kevin Rolly)
“Baptist takes apart the myths that our society has created to make us more comfortable with our slave-owning past.”
— Susan Grigsby, The Daily Kos
[Baptist persuades us that] “Slavery was essential to American development and, indeed, to the violent construction of the capitalist world in which we live.”
— Eric Foner, The New York Times
Please join us Sunday, November 2, 2015, at 2:00 PM when historian Edward E. Baptist presents and signs THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.
Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution-the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.
As historian Edward Baptist reveals in THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence.
Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery's end-and created a culture that sustains America's deepest dreams of freedom.
The Economist recently retracted a controversial review of The Half Has ever Been Told and issued a partial apology.
“But the Economist didn’t apologize for dismissing what slaves said about slavery. . . . The Economist reviewer was saying that the key sources of my book, African Americans – black people – cannot be believed.”
—Edward Baptist, The Guardian
This event is co-sponsored by the Ethel & Herman L. Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at UNO.
Edward E. Baptist is an associate professor of history at Cornell University (Go, Big Red!). Author of the award-winning Creating an Old South, he grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
Please join us when Cari Lynn, co-author of MADAM: A Novel of New Orleans, visits on Sunday, November 2, 2014, 4:00 P.M.
A captivating novel, based on true events, that follows the rise to power of New Orleans’s most infamous whore-turned-madam
New Orleans, 1897. Mary Deubler makes her living as a so-called Alley Whore— until bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story creates a red-light district, mockingly dubbed “Storyville.” Through gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madam Josie Arlington.
Filled with fascinating historical details and characters like Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, and photographer E. J. Bellocq, Madam is a fabulous romp through the Big Easy that will delight readers of novels like THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and nonfiction books such as The Duchess and American Rose.
Cari Lynn holds a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland.