Octavia Books is pleased to announce that we are hosting nine outstanding local authors as guest booksellers on Small Business Saturday, November 30. 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. Carolyn Kolb begins the first shift at 10:30 a.m., and will be signing her new book, NEW ORLEANS MEMORIES: One Writer's City. Rebecca Snedeker, whose book UNFATHOMABLE CITY was just released this month, will begin her shift at Noon. George Bishop, author of the novel THE NIGHT OF THE COMET, and Randy Fertel, THE GORILLA MAN AND THE EMPRESS OF STEAK, will arrive at 1:00 p.m., followed by Tom Sancton, SONG FOR MY FATHERS, and Sylvaine Sancton, SOME BIRDS at 2:00 p.m. Lawrence Powell, author of THE ACCIDENTAL CITY, a history of the city from its founding through statehood, will arrive for his shift at 3:00 p.m. Ryan Murphy and Grace Millsaps, author of the new children's picture book, WHAT THE SLEEPY ANIMALS DO AT THE AUDUBON ZOO, will come at 4:00 p.m.
Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 30, 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. Last year, U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.5 billion with independently-owned businesses on the day, based on the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, making a big impact on local communities.
Along with its other Small Business Saturday activities, Octavia Books, in conjunction with Stay Local, will being giving away five $25 American Express gift cards to the first customers to spend $200 or more. Octavia Books is launching a Thanks for Shopping Indie 2013 campaign on Small Business Saturday featuring specials on over 85 favorite titles from 2013 (see list at octaviabooks.com/thanks-shopping-indie-2013).
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Saturday activities all over New Orleans can be found at http://www.staylocal.org/
Carolyn Kolb provides a delightful and detailed look into the heart of her city, New Orleans. She is a former "Times-Picayune" reporter and current columnist for "New Orleans Magazine," where versions of these essays appeared as Chronicles of Recent History.
Like the bestselling "Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, " this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS
From the acclaimed author of Letter to My Daughter comes an engrossing coming-of-age tale that deftly conveys the hopes and heartaches of adolescence and the unfulfilled dreams that divide a family, played out against the backdrop of a small southern town in 1973.
"The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak" is the story of two larger-than-life characters and the son whom their lives helped to shape. Ruth Fertel was a petite, smart, tough-as-nails blonde with a weakness for rogues, who founded the Ruth's Chris Steak House empire almost by accident.
Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until Preservation Hall launched a nationwide revival of interest in traditional jazz.
With gentle humor and a skilled eye, author/photographer Sylvaine Sancton captures birds of South Louisiana at rest and at play in their natural habitat. Featuring funny and fresh photographs of great blue herons, wood ducks, brown pelicans, black swans, and more, this charming book is for the young and the young at heart. An accessible glossary discusses the habits and habitats of each bird species included in the pages. In this simple, lovely children’s book, some birds are funny, and some birds are out for a stroll. Some birds are in love, and some birds have small families. Some birds seem a little bit unusual, but these photographs show that all birds are beautiful! Just like people, each bird is special. Unique and touching, this book is a playful introduction to the fauna of the New Orleans area.
Sylvaine Sancton is a photographer who studied painting, sculpture, and mosaic at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She served as the assistant to the artistic director of the Comédie-Française for six years before moving to New York in the 1980s.Sancton taught theatrical costume design at Sarah Lawrence College and worked with top interior decorators, including Parish-Hadley. Sancton’s work has appeared in such publications as Vanity Fair, Time magazine, and Cultural Vistas. After years of photographing the people of New Orleans, Sancton decided to photograph the birds in Audubon Park and City Park and along the Mississippi River. A native of France, Sancton moved to New Orleans post-Katrina with her husband, Tom Sancton, author of SONG FOR MY FATHERS.
This is the story of a city that shouldn t exist. In the seventeenth century, what is now America s most beguiling metropolis was nothing more than a swamp: prone to flooding, infested with snakes, battered by hurricanes.