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 asked Tom Varisco Designs to create two fun recycled paper “book bags” you'll want to re-use. Please watch this 15-second stop-motion animation that Tom Varisco Designs also created to help us showcase the results. We will donate 100% of the proceeds from the bags to a local environmental nonprofit.
Meet author Suzanne Lewis on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 11-1, and help us launch her first picture book, A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story.
Patience is a South African penguin. She is small at roughly 6 pounds and approximately 20 inches tall; but at 24 years old, she is the "penguin in charge" of the penguin exhibit at New Orleans's Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hits, devastating the city and surrounding areas with its catastrophic winds and flooding. The aquarium is severely damaged. With no electricity or relief in sight, the temperature in the aquarium reaches dangerously high degrees, putting the penguins in peril. Patience, and the 18 other penguins, along with some of the other zoo animals, must leave their home and their favorite human, Tom, the penguin keeper. Tom drives his penguins to Baton Rouge where an airplane transfers them to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Here the penguins will recuperate and live until they can return home to New Orleans. After nine long months away from Tom and their home, the aquarium is finally restored. And Patience, who has been patient, and her penguins return to New Orleans to a cheering homecoming.
Suzanne Lewis is a former art director, commercial photographer, and bookseller. She wrote her first children’s book after visiting the Audubon Aquarium and learning about Patience. Suzanne lives in Santa Rosa, California.
In the early 1900s, jazz was created in New Orleans. Soon afterwards the fear began...it’s moving away, it’s going to die out, it needs to be preserved. Yet each generation has put time and energy into making sure the roots of the music stay strong in the city. This book is about the history of that kind of organizing work, and what happened when the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park brought together a new group of young people to learn traditional brass band music from older musicians and the Black Men of Labor Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
Rachel Breunlin is co-director of the Neighborhood Story Project. She is currently the ethnographer-in-residence in the Anthropology Department at the University of New Orleans where she teaches courses on public culture and collaborative ethnography.
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is a veteran park ranger at New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, a musician, and photographer.
The best thing about the cuisine of New Orleans is that it is alive. And because it is alive, it is always changing. . . . And the exciting consequence of our willingness to change is that our cuisine remains fresh and reflective of our present. Our food always was and it remains, fun, funky, and fabulous, not to mention delicious, inventive, and unique. . . . [This] book would make a handy guide to local neighborhoods and where to eat in each of them, besides being a great cookbook full of recipes that can actually be made in the home kitchen.”
—From the introduction by Liz Williams, executive director of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Filled with folksy art and creative recipes from affordable restaurants captured in tantalizing photographs—with tidbits of history thrown in as lagniappe—author Jyl Benson serves up just the right taste of this fascinating and ever-evolving city. Included are neighborhood favorites such as MoPho, Purtoo, Toup’s Meatery, Lola, Bhava, and Juan’s Flying Burrito: A Creole Taqueria.
Jyl Benson began her editorial career with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and served as a regional reporter for both the New York Times and Time magazine. A native New Orleanian and passionate home cook since childhood, she serves as curator of community affairs for the Southern Food and Beverage Institute, as food and dining editor for Avenue magazine, and as a roving reporter for the radio show Louisiana Eats!
Originally from London, resident New Orleans photographer Sam Hanna began his career in Detroit. He specializes in culinary styling and photography from his studio, Hanna Foto.