Author Event

Tales of the Cocktail 2020 Virtual Bookstore

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Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:00am to Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Octavia Books, the official bookseller for Tales of the Cocktail for over a decade, is excited to present nearly 300 titles, hand-picked exclusively for Tales of the Cocktail 2020, free digital conference, Monday, September 21 through Thursday, September 24.

While we will miss being able to see you in person this year at Tales of the Cocktail, we are pleased offer FREE ground shipping within the US for Tales of The Cocktail 2020 orders of $25 and up through October. Simply add as many books to your shopping cart as you want, and insert the Coupon Code TALES-SHIPFREE during checkout.

Authors Andy Horowitz, Jarvis DeBerry and Sandy Rosenthal - History Repeating? Disasters in Louisiana from Katrina and Laura to Covid - moderated by Walter Isaacston

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Monday, September 14, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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online webinar

Octavia Books is happy to partner with The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University in presenting a virtual discussion featuring an important conversation with authors - Tulane historian Andy Horowitz, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jarvis DeBerry, and founder of Sandy Rosenthal. Moderated by Book Festival co-chair Walter Isaacson.

Each of the three featured guests has a new book (see below) highly relevant to the topic and our times.

Please register here.

And, please treat yourself to copies of the featured authors' new books by ordering now from Octavia Books.

Barbara Heller - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: The Complete Novel, with Nineteen Letters from the Characters' Correspondence, Written and Folded by Hand

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Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

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Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans
masks required

Please join us for a booksigning with Barbara Heller celebrating the launch of her brilliantly curated new deluxe edition of Jane Austen's classic, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, bringing to life the letters exchanged among the characters in original book. To keep this a Covid-19 safe event, this will be a non-sitdown occasion, with mask wearing and social distancing required.

The Complete Novel, with Nineteen Letters from the Characters' Correspondence, Written and Folded by Hand

Perusing these letters will transport you straight to the drawing room at Netherfield or the breakfast table at Longbourn.

Independent Bookstore Day 2020

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Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

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

Please celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2020 with us instore and online 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.

We will have activities going on in the bookstore and online all day. There will also be some fantastic free gifts and prizes when in the store. And, you will be able to find some fantastic (and often quirky) literary gifts created exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day 2020 -- listed below.


Virtual Event Schedule.

Sat., Aug. 29 at 3pm (CDT)

Explore the very near future with Amor Towles as he reads from the exclusive, SIGNED Bookstore Day edition of his story “You Have Arrived at Your Destination.”

Sat., Aug. 29 at 4pm (CDT)

Join authors Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us), Rishi Reddi (Passage West) and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) as they discuss reexamining the history, culture, and myths of the West through their fiction.


Sat., Aug. 29 at 5pm (CDT)

Join co-hosts Jennifer Haupt, editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, and Garth Stein, Author Leadership Circle Campaign Chair for Binc, for readings and conversations with Alone Together contributing authors Faith Adiele, Gayle Brandeis, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jamie Ford, Major Jackson, Sonora Jha, Scott James, Jessica Keener, Jean Kwok, Roberto Lovato, Ada Limón, Claudia Castro Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Sat., Aug. 29 at 7pm (CDT)

Join three of Bookstore Day’s past Author Ambassadors for a lively discussion of books, bookstores, and the writing life. Featuring Tayari Jones (An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow), Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies and Florida), and Emma Straub (All Adults Here, Modern Lovers, The Vacationeers and owner of Books Are Magic! in Brooklyn).

Douglas N. Harris - CHARTER SCHOOL CITY - in conversation with Patrick Dobard

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Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Please join us online for a special event featuring Douglas Harris, professor at Tulane and head of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, featuring his new book, CHARTER SCHOOL CITY: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for American Education. He will be  in conversation with Patrick Dobard, CEO of New Schools for New Orleans.

The event is free. Please do show your support by treating yourself to a copy of CHARTER SCHOOL CITY from Octavia Books by clicking here. Douglas Harris will sign our stock.

Ted Jackson - YOU OUGHT TO DO A STORY ABOUT ME in conversation with Jonathan Eig

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Online via Zoom

Join us for a special evening online with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ted Jackson celebrating the launch of YOU OUGHT TO DO A STORY ABOUT ME: Addiction, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Endless Quest for Redemption, the heartbreaking and redemptive story of a fallen-from-grace NFL player discovered by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist on the streets of New Orleans, and the transformative friendship that binds them. He will appear in conversation with bestselling, award-winning author Jonathan Eig.

Morris Ardoin - STONE MOTEL, in Conversation w/ Robert Fieseler

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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via Zoom

Join us for an early evening exclusive online event via Zoom with author Morris Ardoin presenting his new book, STONE MOTEL: Memoirs of a Cajun Boy, in conversation with Robert Fieseler, award-winning author of TINDERBOX.

Registrations is free, but space is limited - so don't wait!

M.O. Walsh - THE BIG DOOR PRIZE - in conversation with Daniel Wallace

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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on line

The New York Times bestselling author of MY SUNSHINE AWAY returns with another instant Southern classic: a gripping and heartfelt novel about a mysterious machine that upends a small Louisiana town, asking us all to wonder if who we truly are is who we truly could be.

Please join us for a special evening online with M.O. Walsh celebrating the launch of his new novel, THE BIG DOOR PRIZE. He will appear in conversation with author Daniel Wallace, author of EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES and BIG FISH.

Natasha Trethewey - MEMORIAL DRIVE: A Daughter's Memoir

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Monday, August 3, 2020 - 5:00pm

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Online via Zoom. Please order the book below and we will email the credentials to attend the presentation.

Join us for a very special early evening online with Natasha Trethewey, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former Poet Laureate of the United States, featuring her new book, MEMORIAL DRIVE - a chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy. She will appear in conversation with UNO English Professor Randy Bates.

This presentation is being offered exclusively by New Orleans independent bookstore Octavia Books on August 3 at 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time and will be hosted by us live via Zoom.


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