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WINGING IT - Randy Fertel in conversation with Beth Ann Fennelly

Event date: 

Monday, May 20, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a presentation and book signing with Randy Fertel (The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak and A Taste of Chaos) featuring his new book, WINGING IT: Improv's Power & Peril in the Time of Trump. He will appear in conversation with author and poet Beth Ann Fennelly.

“At the farmers market, I'm responding to color, and smell, and I'm following my intuition. In my kitchen when I'm imagining how things will lead from here, I'm improvising. In his artful and authoritative new book Winging It, Randy Fertel explores how improvisation shapes and enlivens our wider world. Yield to your impulses, act spontaneously, and get this book — it's a revelation.”
Alice Waters, Founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard

FOREIGN SEED - Allison Alsup in conversation with Elisa Speranza

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us with author Allison Alsup to celebrate the launch of her new novel, FOREINGN SEED when she appears in conversation at Octavia Books with author Elisa M. Speranza (THE ITALIAN PRISONER). Inspired by historical events, Foreign Seed traces the investigation into a missing American botanical explorer from the Yangtze River in 1918.

"I got completely and gratefully lost in its rich setting and memorable characters. You will, too." —Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Somebody’s Fool

Equal parts mystery and epic novel inspired by historical events, Foreign Seed plunges readers into the search for a man who seems to vanish out of thin air.

China, June 1918. 

Between Dying and Not Dying, I Chose the Guitar - James Nolan

Event date: 

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

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come join us with author James Nolan when he presents and signs his new book, Between Dying and Not Dying, I Chose the Guitar: The Pandemic Years in New Orleans.

This visceral account of the coronavirus years blends first-person, present-tense commentary about the pandemic with the perspective of a memoir, including other epidemics James Nolan survived, first polio as a boy then AIDS in San Francisco. The narrative is grounded in the social and political parallels drawn from writers who have explored past plagues, such as Boccaccio, Poe, Defoe, Pepys, Camus, Mann, Burroughs, and Kushner. These pages are largely focused on the author’s native New Orleans. Although we have scholarly histories of the yellow fever and Spanish flu epidemics that previously devastated this city, what did it feel like to actually live through those dark eras? This sometimes contrarian “rough draft of history”—intensified by the bizarre plot twist of the writer’s mid-pandemic eviction from the gothic Luling Mansion while Amazon was filming a vampire movie there—will find a receptive audience for years to come. All of us are haunted by memories of this disruptive era, each in our own particular way. The challenge now is to connect our stories, making sense of our abruptly altered lives. The rest, as they say, is history.

THE SECOND COMING - Garth Risk Hallberg in conversation with Gary Sernovitz

Event date: 

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a special evening with Garth Risk Hallberg, bestselling author of CITY OF FIRE, featuring his luminous new novel, THE SECOND COMING, which  plunges deep into the lives of a teenage girl and her father as they navigate love, grief, addiction, resurrection, and the restless of of other people. He will appear in conversation with Gary Sernovitz, author of THE COUNTING HOUSE.


As Nathan Hill says, “reading Garth Risk Hallberg is a constant delightful surprise—you never know what’s coming next: a gorgeous turn of phrase, a perfect pop culture reference, a brilliant new observation, a jaw-dropping plot twist. And all of these gifts are on full display in THE SECOND COMING, a story about a father bound up by his mistakes, a daughter bound up in her silence, and a family in need of saving. It’s a beautiful and daring novel, as inventive as it is breathtaking.”

All That Really Matters book launch - David Weill in conversation with Tim Williamson

Event date: 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Nieux Society - 2040 St. charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Join us at The Nieux Society (2040 St Charles Ave) to celebrate the launch of David's Weill's debut novel, ALL THAT MATTERS. when he appears in conversation with The Nieux Society founder Tim Williamson.

"In his stunning debut novel, David Weill, who has experienced the ebbs and flows and the burdens of helping people, shares a captivating story about sacrifice, love, loss, and redemption…in other words, all that really matters." - Terence Blanchard, Seven time Grammy winner and 2 time Oscar nominee

THE GREAT RIVER - Boyce Upholt in conversation with Nathaniel Rich

Event date: 

Thursday, June 20, 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 award-winning journalist Boyce Upholt celebrating his new book, THE GREAT RIVER: The Making & Unmaking of the Mississippi. He will appear in conversation with writer Nathaniel Rich.

"The Great River is easily one of the best books ever written about the Mississippi. It brings depth of scholarship to everything from geology to history to current politics, all of it elegantly written."
-John M. Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

 

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