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Rosalyn Story - SING HER NAME

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Oreans, LA 70115

Please join us for a presentation and booksigning with with author and classical violinist Rosalyn Story featuring her new novel, SING HER NAME, set in New Orleans and New York and inspired by a true life, early 19th century, African-American ​opera singer and also relating the story of a young fictional woman poised to make her own mark in the musical world.

Marcia DeSanctis - A HARD PLACE TO LEAVE - in conversation with Lavinia Spalding

Event date: 

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Come join us for a presentation by journalist and travel writer, Marcia DeSanctis featuring A HARD PLACE TO LEAVE: Stories from a Restless Life.This new literary collection features the best, and many new, essays from her decades of travel. She will appear in conversation with accomplished New Orleans travel writer Lavinia Spalding and their discussion will include the travel as a transformative experience, and the travel literary essay as vital commentary during changing times, as these recent pandemic years certainly have been.

Octavia Books Bestseller List

Check out our Octavia Books bestsellers for the 3 weeks ended April 25, 2022 (including pre-orders):

The Last Baron: The Paris Kidnapping That Brought Down an Empire Cover Image
$28.00
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 Apartment on Calle Uruguay: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646221110
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - April 26th, 2022

A haunting new novel by the author of Vengeance in which a chance encounter between a blocked painter and a journalist leads to a complicated romance that reveals their buried histories and vulnerabilities against the backdrops of an America in chaos and Mexico.


A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316558792
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 5th, 2021

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

There’s no right way to keep a diary, but if there’s an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mas­tered it.
 
If it’s navel-gazing you’re after, you’ve come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination.


Sea of Tranquility: A novel Cover Image
$25.00
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.
 


No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593189597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE & A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOK OF 2021
WINNER OF THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
  
“A book that reads like a prose poem, at once sublime, profane, intimate, philosophical, witty and, eventually, deeply moving.”New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice


The Promise of the Pelican: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781950994342
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcade Crimewise - March 15th, 2022

For fans of Harper Lee and Rita Mae Brown, Roy Hoffman's new novel is steeped in a sense of place--coastal Alabama--with its rich tapestry of characters caught in a web of justice not for all.

Early Praise for The Promise of the Pelican:

"Roy Hoffman has written a fast-paced, mesmerizing and incredibly moving contemporary novel about human and civil rights,


The Metamorphosis: A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky Cover Image
By Franz Kafka, Susan Bernofsky (Translated by), David Cronenberg (Introduction by)
$10.95
ISBN: 9780393347098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 20th, 2014

“This fine version, with David Cronenberg’s inspired introduction and the new translator’s beguiling afterword, is, I suspect, the most disturbing though the most comforting of all so far; others will follow, but don’t hesitate: this is the transforming text for you.”—Richard Howard


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Happy-Go-Lucky Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316392457
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order 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 Last Mapmaker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2022

From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world.


The Best of Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316242400
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - September 7th, 2021

“Genius… It is miraculous to read these pieces… You must read The Best of Me.” —Andrew Sean Greer, New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

A CNN and Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Month

For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris h


The Lincoln Highway: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735222359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

More than ONE MILLION copies sold

A TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick


A New York Times Notable Book, and Chosen by Oprah Daily, Time, NPR, The Washington Post and Barack Obama as a Best Book of the Year


Time Is a Mother Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593300237
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - April 5th, 2022

An instant New York Times bestseller!

The highly anticipated collection of poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong


How else do we return to ourselves but to fold
The page so it points to the good part
 


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell (Introduction by)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780141321073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - June 19th, 2008

They're Puffin Classics for a reason, it's because they're the best.

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in this topsy turvy adventure!


The Hearing Trumpet Cover Image
By Leonora Carrington, Olga Tokarczuk (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681374642
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - January 5th, 2021

An old woman enters into a fantastical world of dreams and nightmares in this surrealist classic admired by Björk and Luis Buñuel.


A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) 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


David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316431712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

A remarkable illustrated volume of artwork and images selected from the diaries David Sedaris has been creating for four decades


Published to celebrate the Rex Organization’s 150th Anniversary, Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design provides a decade-by-decade account of a century and a half of colorful Rex history. This limited-edition volume was written by Rex Historian and Archivist Stephen Hales with a preface by noted New Orleans journalist and author Walter Isaacson

  • 256 pages—the largest and most comprehensive New Orleans Carnival krewe history ever published
  • Oversized coffee table commemorative volume
  • More than 800 illustrations (many published for the first time)
  • Portraits of every King of Carnival and all but one Queen of Carnival
  • An extensive compendium documenting every King, Queen, Maid, Duke, Page, parade date, theme, ball venue and nearly 4,000 float titles

Proceeds from the publication benefit the Crescent City Carnival Museum Foundation and the Pro Bono Publico Foundation.

ISBN: 9780930892838
On sale date: November 15, 2021


The Candy House: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
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, Vulture, and many more!

From one of the


The Murder of Mr. Wickham Cover Image
$17.00
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.


Me Talk Pretty One Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316776967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2001

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.


When You Are Engulfed in Flames Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316154680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2009

"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. 


My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon,Vice, BustleThe New York TimesThe GuardianKirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, & Audible

A New York Times Bestseller


Naked Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316777735
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - June 1st, 1998

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview-a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.


Klara and the Sun: A novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593311295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press).


Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590513767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Other Press - April 20th, 2010

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.


The Adventures of Jeremy Goose Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781946160591
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Louisiana - March 15th, 2020

In New Orleans's Audubon Park, a young Jeremy Goose learns to walk, eat grass, swim, cross the road, and get along with other animals, all under the watchful eyes of his Mom and Dad. Jeremy sometimes gets into trouble but always feels the love of his family. Through Jeremy's voice, young readers learn about family, responsibility, having fun, and growing up.


The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593133408
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - August 17th, 2021

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
 


Bienville's Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781887366854
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Louisiana - November 4th, 2008

All New Orleans' glories, tragedies, contributions, and complexities can be traced back to the geographical dilemma Bienville confronted in 1718 when selecting the primary location of New Orleans.


"And when I thought of who might get the un-Houstoned, non-tour, ever-shrinking real New Orleans right, only Bunny Matthews came to mind.: --Tim Lyman

"For most of my life, fans of my father's art have been asking if he was going to reprint these books. My dad didn't really care much about eopening his past. I've always thought tht these drawings captured a very special time and flace that has most certainly passed. I really hope that everyone that gets to see these new editions can appreciate this glimpse of New Orleans!" --Jude Matthews, Octover 2021

 


Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life—from the author of the Life, Interrupted column in The New York Times


Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$18.00
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.”


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel 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


The Flames of Hope (Wings of Fire, Book 15) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338214574
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

The #1 New York Times bestselling series is hotter than ever, and this thrilling conclusion to the Lost Continent Prophecy arc is a must-read!

With talons united . . .

Luna has always wanted to change the world -- to fix it, to free it -- even if she’s never actually known how.


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