Located in uptown
New Orleans, Louisiana
513 Octavia Street
(corner of Laurel)
Please join us at Octavia Books for cocktails, reading, book signing and Mothers Day weekend New Orleans book release celebration featuring Bryan Batt, SAG Award-winning actor who plays Sal Romano on "Mad Men," as he pays tribute to his mother in SHE AIN'T HEAVY, SHE'S MY MOTHER, a charming and hilarious memoir about beng raised by an eccentric, but very loving woman in 1970's New Orleans.
I always knew that Bryan Batt was a wonderful actor, but now it turns out that he’s a terrific writer as well. It’s just not fair. In She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother, Bryan’s tales of his family, his New Orleans childhood, and his career are hilarious, beautifully observed, and touching. I’ve met Bryan’s mother, and he does her proud—they both deserve a float at Mardi Gras.
Bryan Batt has written an achingly funny and deeply moving portrait of his beautiful New Orleanian mother. This book is a cause for celebration, a Mardi Gras–sized celebration!
Octavia Books has partnered with Tales of the Cocktail. the internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans. Founder and Executive Director Ann Tuennerman will be at the bookstore mixing Gayle Batt's favorite cocktail (read the book to find out what it is).
While in his trailer between scenes on the set of AMC's hit show, "Mad Men,' Bryan Batt was struck by his reflection in the mirror. Dressed in his 1960's-erra Sal Romano costume, he was the splitting image of his late father. Yet, while he had inherited his father's looks, he was blessed with his mother's heart. Thanks to her inspiring love and indomitable humor and spirit, he was able to become what he was always meant to be: a very "theatrical" man -- and, eventually, a "Mad Man."
In this "momior," Bryan pays tribute to his mother -- just in time for Mother's Day. Gayle Batt is a true-to-form, strong-willed, steel magnolia -- the kind who wears black chiffon cocktail dresses while eight months pregnant and who doesn't let anything, from her husband's infidelity and alcoholism to her own struggle with cancer, tear her family apart. Bryan regales readers with outrageous anecdotes of growing up in New Orleans and brings to life his mother's infectious enthusiasm and unfailing kindness.