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Inclusivity in Entertainment: Uplifting Black Voices

Event date: 

Friday, January 27, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a compelling conversation followed by a book signings featuring five participating authors: Caseen Gaines (When Broadway Was Black), Carell Augustus (Black Hollywood), Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond (Black Boy, Black Boy), and Eriq LaSalle (Laws of Depravity)


What do an actor, a celebrity photographer, an assistant district attorney and juvenile prosecutor, and a filmmaker have in common?

Octavia Books Bestseller List

Check out our Octavia Books bestsellers for the 3 weeks ended December 19, 2022 (including pre-orders):

Somebody Feed Phil the Book: Untold Stories, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Favorite Recipes: A Cookbook By Phil Rosenthal, Jenn Garbee, Massimo Bottura (Foreword by) Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781982170998
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: S&S/Simon Element - October 18th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Wherever I travel, be it a different state, country, or continent, I always call Phil when I need to know where and what to eat.


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. Marketed by European and northeastern American nurseries, camellias once enjoyed enormous popularity, though information about varieties bought to Louisiana between 1828 and 1860 has been scarce. Inspired by the recreation of their own historic gardens, the contributors to EARLY CAMELLIAS IN LOUISIANA have uncovered evidence in archival documents and in their landscapes' original plantings.


Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ’Em from the Award-Winning Bar By Neal Bodenheimer, Emily Timberlake, Denny Culbert (By (photographer)) Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419758522
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Abrams - October 25th, 2022

From the foremost figure on the New Orleans' drinking scene and the owner of renowned bar Cure, a cocktail book that celebrates the vibrant city

New Orleans is known for its spirit(s)-driven festivities.


Lost in the Game: A Book about Basketball By Thomas Beller Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781478018834
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Duke University Press - November 8th, 2022

For players, coaches, writers, and fans, basketball is a science and an art, a religious sacrament, a source of entertainment, and a way of interacting with the world. In Lost in the Game Thomas Beller entwines these threads with his lifetime's experience as a player and journalist, roaming NBA locker rooms and city parks as a basketball flaneur in search of the meaning of the modern game.


Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou By Melissa M. Martin Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579658472
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

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


The Sugar King: Leon Godchaux: A New Orleans Legend, His Creole Slave, and His Jewish Roots By Peter M. Wolf, Calvin Trillin (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Peter M. Wolf, Calvin Trillin (Foreword by)
$36.00
ISBN: 9781669829317
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Xlibris Us - November 1st, 2022

"A remarkable, vivid, and meticulously researched story about an unjustly forgotten major figure of the nineteenth century." - Nicholas B. Lemann

"It's more than a bio. It's a way to understand Jewishness, the South, and America." - Walter Isaacson


Cajun Night Before Christmas 50th Anniversary Edition By Trosclair, James Rice Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781455627141
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - October 24th, 2022

Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth.
--New York Times Book Review


The Passenger By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307268990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - October 25th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road returns with the first of a two-volume masterpiece: The Passenger is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God.


A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana By Carol McMichael Reese Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781946160812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette - October 1st, 2021

What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo By Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, John Clark IV (Illustrator), Alyson Kilday (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, John Clark IV (Illustrator), Alyson Kilday (Illustrator)
$18.95
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.


Demon Copperhead: An Oprah's Book Club Pick By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063251922
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

A NEW YORK TIMES "TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2022"

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection • An Instant New York Times Bestseller • An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller 


An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us By Ed Yong Cover Image
By Ed Yong
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593133231
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - June 21st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “thrilling” (The New York Times), “dazzling” (The Wall Street Journal) tour of the radically different ways that animals perceive the world that will fill you with wonder and forever alter your perspective, by Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist Ed Yong
 


A World of Curiosities: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #18) By Louise Penny Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250145291
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - November 29th, 2022

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.

It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.


Stella Maris By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307269003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - December 6th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road returns with the second volume of The Passenger series: Stella Maris is an intimate portrait of grief and longing, as a young woman in a psychiatric facility seeks to understand her own existence.


Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • WINNER OF THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD • Sam and Sadie—two college friends, often in love, but never lovers—become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.


Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385547345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER • Meet Elizabeth Zott: a “formidable, unapologetic and inspiring” (PARADE) scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show in this novel that is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel” (The New York


Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin' in New Orleans [A Cookbook] By Mason Hereford, JJ Goode (With) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984858993
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - June 21st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A fun, flavorful cookbook with more than 95 recipes and Power-Ups featuring chef Mason Hereford’s irreverent take on Southern food, from his awarding-winning New Orleans restaurant Turkey and the Wolf
 


The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery #1) By Richard Osman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984880987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

A New York Times bestseller | Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment

“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal
 


The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times By Michelle Obama Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780593237465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - November 15th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME’S 100 MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2022 • In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.


The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human By Siddhartha Mukherjee Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781982117351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - October 25th, 2022

Named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The Economist, Oprah Daily, BookPage, Book Riot, the New York Public Library, and more!

In The Song of the Cell, the extraordinary author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Gene “blends cutting-ed


Dispatches from the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts By Julia Reed, Everett Bexley (Editor), Roy Blount, Jr., Jr. (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Julia Reed, Everett Bexley (Editor), Roy Blount, Jr., Jr. (Contributions by)
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250279439
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - August 23rd, 2022

Dispatches from the Gilded Age is a collection of essays by Julia Reed, one of America's greatest chroniclers.


Boats on the Mississippi By Ryan Murphy Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780990409328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millfree Mursaps Media - December 10th, 2018

Take a trip on the river! See your favorite boats as you drift down the Mississippi from Baton Rouge to New Orleans and out to the Gulf.


Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer's New Orleans: A Cookbook By Susan Spicer, Paula Disbrowe Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781400043897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - October 23rd, 2007

One of New Orleans’s brightest culinary stars, Susan Spicer has been indulging Crescent City diners at her highly acclaimed restaurants, Bayona and Herbsaint, for years.


Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

“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 Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

#1 New York Times bestseller

“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies


Hamnet By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984898876
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life ... here is a novel ... so gorgeously written that it transports you." —The Boston Globe


Local Spirit: Neighborhood Bars of Orleans Parish By Ken Murphy Cover Image
$69.99
ISBN: 9780978845032
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ken Murphy Publishing - January 13th, 2019

4 years in the making, this is an unprecedented look at more that 120 bars inside and outside, literally, of Orleans Parish. The book is the brain child of my good friend and book designer Rick Dobbs.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161933
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“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


Snowball Rainbow: A New Orleans Color Book By Grace Millsaps Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780990409311
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millfree Mursaps Media - October 1st, 2016

This bright and sturdy board book introduces all the colors (and flavors!) with New Orleans' favorite summer treat. Perfect for any NOLA baby, toddler, or preschooler.


Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story By Bono Cover Image
By Bono
$34.00
ISBN: 9780525521044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - November 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • Bono—artist, activist, and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2—has written a memoir: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced, and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.


The Crayons' Christmas By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525515746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - October 15th, 2019

Celebrate the holidays with the Crayons in this festive story from #1 New York Times best-selling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This special book has letters, games, ornaments, a poster, and even a pop-up Christmas tree!


The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories By Maurice Carlos Ruffin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593133415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - June 21st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A collection of raucous stories that offer a “vibrant and true mosaic” (The New York Times) of New Orleans, from the critically acclaimed author of We Cast a Shadow
 


Diper Överlöde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 17) By Jeff Kinney Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419762949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - October 25th, 2022

An instant #1Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller! 

An instant USA Today bestseller!

In Diper Överlöde, book 17 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley is finding out that the road to fame and glory comes with some hard knocks.

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The Philosophy of Modern Song By Bob Dylan Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781451648706
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2022

The Philosophy of Modern Song is Bob Dylan’s first book of new writing since 2004’s Chronicles: Volume One—and since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.

Dylan, who began working on the book in 2010, offers his extraordinary insight into the nature of popular music.


Go-To Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook By Ina Garten Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984822789
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 25th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • America’s favorite home cook presents delicious, crowd-pleasing, go-to recipes that you’ll want to make over and over again!


Foster By Claire Keegan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802160140
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2022

An international bestseller and one of The Times' "Top 50 Novels Published in the 21st Century," Claire Keegan's piercing contemporary classic Foster is a heartbreaking story of childhood, loss, and love; now released as a standalone book for the first time ever in the USIt is a hot summer in rural Ireland.


Beignets for Breakfast By Jeanette Weiland, Allison Lemon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeanette Weiland, Allison Lemon (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780997355994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Susan Schadt Press LLC - October 8th, 2019

Ever wonder what it's like to be a New Orleans baby? Or what it means to miss New Orleans? Let the playful rhyming verse and vivid illustrations in Beignets for Breakfast transport children to one of the greatest cities in the world.


Little Blue Truck's Christmas: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544320413
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - September 23rd, 2014

Celebrate Christmas with the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Blue Truck in a light-up novelty book that's the perfect gift for the holiday season.


Green Is for Christmas By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593353387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - October 18th, 2022

In this Christmas story starring the crayons from the #1 New York Times bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit, Green Crayon is certain that he is the only Christmas color in the box. Of course, Red, White, Silver and even Tan have something to say about that...


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