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THE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN—Jessica Nabongo book launch celebration

Event date: 

Saturday, July 2, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

Four Seasons New Orleans - 2 Canal Street - New Orleans, LA 70130

Join independent New Orleans bookstore Octavia Books at Four Seasons Hotel with travel expert and photographer Jessica Nabongo to celebrate the launch of her new book, THE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World. Jessica will share the stories of her adventures and the insights to inspire your next trip. A book signing will follow! To attend, please purchase your ticket now!

Each ticket admits one and will be exchanged for one copy of THE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN to be signed by Jessica Nabongo during the program.

Octavia Books Bestseller List

Check out our Octavia Books bestsellers for the 6 weeks ended June 6, 2022 (including pre-orders):

The Murder of Mr. Wickham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593313817
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2022

A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen's Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

Family Album: Stories Cover Image
By Gabriela Alemán, Dick Cluster (Translator), Mary Ellen Fieweger (Translator)
ISBN: 9780872868823
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - May 17th, 2022

Family Album is Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alem n's rollicking follow-up to her acclaimed English-language debut, Poso Wells.

Sea of Tranquility: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321447
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

A Hard Place to Leave: Stories from a Restless Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609522063
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Travelers' Tales - May 3rd, 2022

Vogue's Best Books of 2022

Restless to leave, eager to return: this memoir in essays captures the unrelenting pull between the past and the present, between traveling the world and staying home.

Wingwalkers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250274595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 19th, 2022

A former WWI ace pilot and his wingwalker wife barnstorm across Depression-era America, performing acts of aerial daring.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501161933
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018


“If youre looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read.” —Bustle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and &ldq

Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219106
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 30th, 2021

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 12 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3): From the Creator of Dog Man Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338801941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - April 12th, 2022

The Cat Kid Comic Club is deep in discovery in the newest graphic novel in the hilarious and heartwarming worldwide bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of Dog Man.

The comic club is going in all different directions! Naomi, Melvin, and siblings are each trying to find their purpose.

The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802149039
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020


Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

Zoo Krewe Cover Image
By Kelly Murtagh, Samantha Aldana (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781455626311
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - October 11th, 2021

Take a magical journey through the New Orleans Mardi Gras as the littlest fans learn their ABCs with the help of some animal friends Crawfish creates a costume, Duck dives for doubloons, and many more creatures enjoy the season as part of this fantastical Carnival krewe.

Alligators Don't Like Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455626779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - May 9th, 2022

Angelo the alligator was different in every way. With eyes bright blue and skin snow white, he
loved to watch the butterflies and fireflies. One day he came upon a marsh filled with flowers
and wove some into a crown. What happens when he wears his beautiful new crown?
Artist and illustrator Shannon Kelley Atwater shares a sweet story of friendship and

Book Lovers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593334836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

“One of my favorite authors.”—Colleen Hoover

An insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

Happy-Go-Lucky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316392457
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

David Sedaris, the “champion storyteller,” (Los Angeles Times) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.

Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things.

The Paris Apartment: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063003057
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - February 22nd, 2022


"As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit." -- Parade

"Exceedingly clever." -- Booklist

The Candy House: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476716763
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2022

Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Oprah Daily, Glamour, USA TODAY, Parade, Bustle, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Tampa Bay Times, BuzzFeed, and Vulture

“A compelling read tha

The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor--the Truth and the Turmoil Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593138090
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - April 26th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “addictively readable” (The Washington Post) inside story of the British royal family’s battle to overcome the dramas of the Diana years—only to confront new, twenty-first-century crises

N'awlins. Crescent City. The Big Easy. New Orleans is full of culture and at the heart of this culture…cocktails!

Immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of the city with this fun and elegant new guide to the best bars and cocktails of New Orleans.

Pretty Perfect Kitty-Corn Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419750939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 8th, 2022

From the bestselling superstar duo Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, creators of Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn, comes another positively delightful kitty and unicorn story that celebrates the magic of friendship—and the beauty of imperfection

Unicorn is perfect.
Everybody thinks so.
He yearns to look the way everyone thinks he should.

What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo Cover Image
By Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, John Clark IV (Illustrator), Alyson Kilday (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780988760318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Sleepy Animals, LLC - May 1st, 2014

Rhinos rock out. Alligators stroll under limbo polls. Elephants pound the piano. Pelicans cater.

Ever wonder why the animals at the zoo are always so sleepy? When Renee asks her father why the zoo animals are snoozing all day, he dreams up an elaborate answer.

A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
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

Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579658472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

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

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982168438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

On the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks * A New York Times Notable Book * A Barack Obama Favorite * A National Book Award Finalist * Named a Best Book of the Year by Fresh Air, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, and many more

“If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.” —The Wash

The Last Baron: The Paris Kidnapping That Brought Down an Empire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - April 5th, 2022

A riveting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat tale about the notorious 1978 kidnapping of Baron Édouard-Jean “Wado” Empain, intertwined with the story of his famous grandfather, the first baron and builder of the Paris Métro. A multigenerational saga told against the backdrops of both Belle Époque and 1970s high-fashion Paris.

The Paris Library: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982134204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - March 1st, 2022

An instant New York Times, Washington Post, and USA TODAY bestseller—based on the true story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris during World War II—The Paris Library is a moving and unforgettable “ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both” (Kristin Harmel, New York Times

Above New Orleans: Roofscapes of the Crescent City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807176061
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - September 15th, 2021

The first full-length book of drone photography of the Crescent City, Above New Orleans offers readers perspectives never before captured by a camera. Overhead scenes cover the entire metropolis, from the French Quarter to Uptown, from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, from Westwego to New Orleans East, and from Gentilly to Gretna.

Troubled Memory, Second Edition: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469651866
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2019

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375810497
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2000

The extraordinary true story behind Ernest Shackleton's harrowing expedition to Antarctica on the Endurance—the ill-fated ship that became trapped in ice and sank to the ocean floor. Defying the odds, the crew made it back alive, bringing with them the astounding collection of photographs included in this critically acclaimed, timeless book.

Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 9th, 2004

The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as unique, complex, and beautiful as the terrain itself.  As award-winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou, he introduces us to the food and the language, the shrimp fisherman, the Houma Indians, and the rich cultural history that makes it unlike any other place in the world.

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