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Cheryl Gerber - THE DANSE MACABRE: Celebration and Survival in New Orleans

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us to for a presentation and booksigning with photographer Cheryl Gerber for the launch of her new book, THE DANSE MACABRE: Celebration and Survival in New Orleans.

“This book is a beautiful and insightful meditation on New Orleans—its determination to embrace life in the face of death, its powerfully strange magic, its decrepit elegance, its contradictions. Gerber’s photography exquisitely captures the mysterious paradoxes of the city and in so doing vividly illustrates that the sacred and the profane are inextricably linked in New Orleans. The Danse Macabre is a monumental achievement.” -Frank Perez, author of Political Animal: The Life and Times of Stewart Butler

Peter Cooley and Carolyn Hembree - ACCOUNTING FOR THE DARK and FOR TODAY

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Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a joint reading and signing with poet Peter Cooley celebrating the launch of his new book, Accounting for the Dark, and poet Carolyn Hembree celebrating her new book, For Today: Poems

"Peter Cooley makes poems of faith, grounded in intelligent doubt. If his long view is eternity, his poetry marks a daily meditation that does not neglect the songs of neighborhood birds or the murder of George Floyd. His value is inestimable. Cued by Dickinson, Whitman, and Donne, for more than fifty years, he has remained one of a very few living poets who write for the ages." --Rodney Jones

“Carolyn Hembree’s For Today is a wild ride of formal innovation, odes, and elegies. Any reader would be taken with the poet’s modified sonnet crown, her villanelle, her prose poems, and the musical opus that is the gorgeously long title poem. But I am most impressed by how Hembree manages all of this while also daring to write a poetry so sharp and bare it aims at nothing but the heart.” -Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition

Maurice Carlos Ruffin - THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

Event date: 

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come join us for a special evening with author Maurice Carlos Ruffin featuring his new book, THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS, A Novel, set in New Orleans in during the civil-war era.


A gripping historical novel about a spirited  girl who joins a sisterhood working to undermine the Confederates—from the award-winning author of We Cast a Shadow

Ellen Ann Fentress - THE STEPS WE TAKE: A Memoir of Southern Reckoning - in conversation with Katy Simpson Smith

Event date: 

Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for with Ellen Ann Fentress when she presents and signs her recent book, The Steps We Take: A Memoir of Southern Reckoning (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography) . She will appear in conversation with author Katy Simpson Smith.

Octavia Books Bestseller List

Check out our Octavia Books bestsellers for the 5 weeks ended February 5, 2024 (including pre-orders):

When Rex Met Zulu and Other Chronicles of the New Orleans Experience By Errol Laborde, Arthur Nead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Errol Laborde, Arthur Nead (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781455627882
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - February 5th, 2024

In chapters ranging from food and drink to history and war, this book shares real-life stories that only New Orleans could produce. Errol Laborde founded Lundi Gras and the now-beloved tradition of Zulu meeting Rex at Spanish Plaza before a loud, excited crowd on the eve of Fat Tuesday.


Star Wars: The High Republic: Escape from Valo By Daniel José Older, Alyssa Wong, Petur Antonsson (Illustrator), Petur Antonsson (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Daniel José Older, Alyssa Wong, Petur Antonsson (Illustrator), Petur Antonsson (Cover design or artwork by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781368093804
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - January 30th, 2024

Centuries before the Clone Wars or the Empire, it is a dangerous time for the galaxy, and the Jedi of the High Republic must face their greatest trials yet. . . .


The Big Book of King Cake By Matt Haines, Randy Krause Schmidt (Photographer) Cover Image
By Matt Haines, Randy Krause Schmidt (Photographer)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781733634120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Susan Schadt Press LLC - December 14th, 2021

"I once ate more than eighty king cakes in a single Carnival," author Matt Haines proudly remembers, demonstrating his dedication to this delicious Mardi Gras tradition. "So you can imagine how amazed I was to learn there has never been a coffee table book dedicated to king cakes "


The Little Book of King Cake By Matt Haines, Aileen Bennett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Haines, Aileen Bennett (Illustrator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9798985071344
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Susan Schadt Press LLC - December 27th, 2022

What child isn't excited to get the baby in the king cake? But it's not all fun in games for third grader, Miley. After finding the baby in her slice of cake, she is crowned Queen of her classroom and quickly learns her new power comes with responsibility.As Queen, it's Miley's job to bring the next king cake to class, and she wants to make her friends happy by bringing the perfect one.


Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063251922
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

WINNER OF THE 2023 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION


The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593422946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR/FRESH AIR, WASHINGTON POST, THE NEW YORKER, AND TIME MAGAZINE

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2023


The Lost Van Gogh: A Novel By Jonathan Santlofer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728258966
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 2nd, 2024

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER!

"Ingeniously plotted, irresistibly readable, brimming with inside information about the high-stakes art world of theft, forgery, and murder...Also included are brilliantly rendered drawings by the author, who is as accomplished an artist as he is a writer of suspense thrillers." —Joyce Carol Oates


House of Flame and Shadow (Crescent City #3) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781635574104
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 30th, 2024

The stunning third book in the sexy, action-packed Crescent City series, following the global bestsellers House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath.


1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round By Jami Attenberg Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781668023600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: S&S/Simon Element - January 9th, 2024

A USA TODAY Bestseller
A Washington Post Bestseller

Inspired by Jami Attenberg’s wildly popular literary movement #1000WordsofSummer, this writer’s guide features encouraging essays on creativity, productivity, and writing from acclaimed authors including Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, Celeste Ng, Meg Wolitzer, and Carmen Mari


Mardi Gras in New Orleans By Madison Webb, Mellissa Moore (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Madison Webb, Mellissa Moore (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9798987478073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Susan Schadt Press LLC - October 17th, 2023

We Mean To Cause A Scene

Every young reader will delight in Mardi Gras in New Orleans by author, Madison Webb. This treasurable, collectable and coveted of New Orleans' famed Mardi Gras celebrations comes alive through this vibrant family-friendly picture book that highlights the culture, diversity, frivolity, and spirit of one of America's most beloved cities.


No Brainer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 18) By Jeff Kinney Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419766947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 24th, 2023

In No Brainer, book 18 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, it’s up to Greg to save his crumbling school before it’s shuttered for good.

Up until now, middle school hasn’t exactly been a joyride for Greg Heffley.


To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse By Howard Fishman Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593187364
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - May 2nd, 2023

Longlisted for the Plutarch Award

The mysterious true story of Connie Converse—a mid-century New York City songwriter, singer, and composer whose haunting music never found broad recognition—and one writer’s quest to understand her life


First Lie Wins: Reese's Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Ashley Elston Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593492918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 2nd, 2024

REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK | #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“This fast-paced read has everything you could want in a thriller: secret identities, a mysterious boss and a cat & mouse game that kept me guessing the whole way through.”—Reese Witherspoon


T-Rex Goes to Rex: A Dinosaur at Mardi Gras By Ryan Murphy, Danny Marin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Murphy, Danny Marin (Illustrator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780990409335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millfree Mursaps, LLC - January 1st, 2022

Join T-Rex as he travels to New Orleans for his very first Mardi Gras! See the traditions and spectacles of the carnival season through the eyes of a seven-ton reptile. Admire a dinosaur’s insatiable appetite for king cake. Marvel at the behemoth’s inability to catch beads. It’s almost as good as being there!


The Creative Act: A Way of Being By Rick Rubin Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593652886
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2023

The #1 New York Times bestseller.

"A gorgeous and inspiring work of art on creation, creativity, the work of the artist. It will gladden the hearts of writers and artists everywhere, and get them working again with a new sense of meaning and direction. A stunning accomplishment.” —Anne Lamott


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, “one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."—New York Magazine • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NOW A MAR


Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner) By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593420324
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2023

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2022
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2022
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 BOOKER PRIZE


Early Camellias in Louisiana, 1825-1860: Long-Lost Treasures Rediscovered By F. Wayne Stromeyer, Trenton L. James, John L. DiLeo (Photographer) Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9798218085322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vellichor Press - December 17th, 2022

Today, most of Louisiana's camellia gardens feature plants of recent vintage that are sources from 20th and 21st century nurseries. Only a few scattered "ancients" such as 'Alba Plena' have been generally recognized.


Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou By Melissa M. Martin Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579658472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

Winner, James Beard Award for Best Book in U.S.


Prophet Song: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Paul Lynch Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802163011
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - December 5th, 2023

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023 - NATIONAL BESTSELLER

On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find two officers from Ireland's newly formed secret police on her step. They have arrived to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.


Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063327528
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

A Best in Fiction Book for 2023

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK

In this beautiful and moving novel about family, love, and growing up, Ann Patchett once again proves herself one of America’s finest writers.


The Bee Sting: A Novel By Paul Murray Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374600303
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 15th, 2023

One of The New York Times Top 10 Books of 2023
Winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2023 and the 2023 Nero Book Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize and the 2024 Writers' Prize for Fiction
Finalist for the 2023 Kirkus Prize for Fiction


Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) By Rebecca Yarros Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781649374042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - May 2nd, 2023

A #1 New York Times bestseller • Optioned for TV by Amazon Studios • Amazon Best Books of the Year, #4 • Apple Best Books of the Year 2023 • Barnes & Noble Best Fantasy Book of 2023 • NPR “Books We Love” 2023 • Audible Best Books of 2023 • Hudson Book of the Year • Google Play Best Books of 2023 • Indigo Best Books of 2023 • Waterstones Book of the Year finalist • Goodreads Choice Awa


Iron Flame (The Empyrean #2) By Rebecca Yarros Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781649374172
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - November 7th, 2023

PLEASE NOTE: The limited edition with stained edges is sold out, but we invite you to purchase an unstained edition—same captivating story, same heart-pounding read!

Discover the instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Now optioned for TV by Amazon Studios.


Accolades for Fourth Wing


The Fury By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250758989
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Celadon Books - January 16th, 2024

A masterfully paced thriller about a reclusive ex–movie star and her famous friends whose spontaneous trip to a private Greek island is upended by a murder — from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

This is a tale of murder.

Or maybe that’s not quite true. At its heart, it’s a love story, isn’t it?


A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802130204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."--The New York Times Book Review


The Last Kids on Earth and the Monster Dimension By Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593405253
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2023

The highly-anticipated ninth book in the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling series, with over ten million copies in print!


"A beautiful slice-of-life in a small coastal Mississippi town told by a natve son who knows it line no one else could." -Chris Roth, Hancock County Historical Society.


Elon Musk By Walter Isaacson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781982181284
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 12th, 2023

#1 New York Times bestseller

From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era—a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration, and artificial intelligence.


Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593537619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • A newly sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants, guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings, embarks on a remarkable search for a family secret that leads him to a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum. Electrifying, funny, and wholly origin


A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781635575569
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

The sexy, action-packed first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series from Sarah J. Maas.


Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780399562976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 16th, 2024

“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review

Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME


The Auburn Conference By Tom Piazza Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609388812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Of Iowa Press - May 1st, 2023

It is 1883, and America is at a crossroads.


Phoebe Cakes the Bulldog a Mardi Gras Tail By Dumont, Zoe Taylor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dumont, Zoe Taylor (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781733634182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Susan Schadt Press LLC - January 18th, 2022

From Twelfth Night to Mardi Gras, follow Phoebe, a tiny bulldog on a tail-wagging adventure through the streets of New Orleans in search of a parade just for dogs

"Beads, bouncy balls, and blinky rings...
You can catch so many things.
So many things to see and do
Throw me something I can chew "


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