Author Event

Cleo Wade - MAY YOU LOVE AND BE LOVED

Event date: 

Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Join us for a special story time book launch reading and discussion with New York Times bestselling poet Cleo Wade celebrating her second ever picture book, MAY YOU LOVE AND BE LOVED: Wishes for Your Life, a tender children's book (recommended for ages 3-6) about the hopes and dreams a parent has for their child. She will be joined in conversation by Grace Landrieu.

May you know fear but not be driven by it
May you know joy and follow it everywhere
May you know light and shine it every chance you get

A Life Impossible - Steve Gleason with Jeff Duncan

Event date: 

Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a very special evening celebrating the release of A LIFE IMPOSSIBLE: Living with ALS: Finding Peace and Wisdom Within a Fragile Existence by Steve Gleason with Jeff Duncan.

Steven Gleason and Jeff Duncan will give a reading and presentation in the bookstore driveway courtyard (weather permitting) followed by a signing and photo opportunity.

The initial presentation will be limited to the first 250 persons purchasing a ticket. but a signing, greeting, and photo-op following will have additional capacity.

Tickets are required, and include one copy of A LIFE IMPOSSIBLE offered at the price of one book, plus applicable sales tax and Eventbrite fees.

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.

Independent Bookstore Day 2024

Event date: 

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come celebrate the 11th annual Independent Bookstore Day 2024 with us in-store and all over town, and show your support for this amazing movement.

Independent bookstores are not just stores—they are community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

Independent Bookstore Day (Indie Bookstore Day) was established in 2013 to promote, celebrate, and highlight the value of the Independent bookstore community. The day has been observed on the last Saturday of April every year since 2013. This year there are over 1,000 stores participating across the country.

Michael Allen Zell - THE LAST SHADOW - in conversation with Yuri Herrera

Event date: 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for an evening with New Orleans author Michael Allen Zell celebrating the launch of his new book, THE LAST SHADOW. He will appear in conversation with author Yuri Herrera.

"With an incredible eye for the nuances of New Orleans, America's most interesting city, Michael Allen Zell presents crime fiction with verve, grit, and tenderness. The characters in THE LAST SHADOW are people I've known from a distance. Zell's talent allows readers to have access to the hidden dreams and terrors of their lives." --Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS

Valorie Hart & Sara Essex - BOHEMIAN SOUL: The Vanishing Interiors of New Orleans

Event date: 

Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us with designer/author Valorie Hart and photographer Sara Essex to celebrate the launch of their new book BOHEMIAN SOUL: The Vanishing Interiors of New Orleans.


A celebration of the unique decorative style of New Orleans, featuring the resplendent rooms of seventeen decadent residences rich with patina, family heirlooms, and history.

Keith O'Brien - CHARLIE HUSTLE: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball

Event date: 

Monday, April 8, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

“As much as many fans of the game want to forget this sordid tale, Keith O'Brien reminds us of its centrality to the story of our National Pastime. It's a dazzling, soaring accomplishment, a counterpoint to the tragic fall of one of the game's greatest, brought on entirely by his own hubris, arrogance andinsolent disregard for baseball's stern code.”—Ken Burns
 

Ned Randolph - MUDDY THINKING IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA - in conversation with Rebecca Snedeker

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Come join us for a presentation and signing with New Orleans-based writer Ned Randolph featuring his new book book on environmental history and justice in south Louisiana: MUDDY THINKING IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA A Call for Reclamation. He will appear in conversation with Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of UNFATHOMABLE CITY: A New Orleans Atlas.

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