Author Event

Minrose Gwin - THE ACCIDENTALS

Event date: 

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

We hope you will join us when novelist Minrose Gwin returns to Octavia Books to give a reading and sign THE ACCIDENTALS.

Following the death of their mother from a botched backwoods abortion, the McAlister daughters have to cope with the ripple effect of this tragedy as they come of age in 1950s Mississippi and then grow up to face their own impossible choices—an unforgettable, beautiful novel that is threaded throughout with the stories of mothers and daughters in pre-Roe versus Wade America.

Life heads down back alleys, takes sharp left turns. Then, one fine day it jumps the track and crashes.”

Stephen Y. Landry - BEATLES DAY IN NEW ORLEANS

Event date: 

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
Please join us on the 55th anniversary of the Beatles 1964 New Orleans City Park concert for the launch of  Steven Y. Landry's new book, BEATLES DAY IN NEW ORLEANS.

On September 16, 1964, the Beatles made the twenty second stop of their first North American tour in New Orleans. It was a day unequaled in Beatles—and New Orleans—history. Author Steven Y. Landry takes an in-depth look at the intertwined melodies of New Orleans and the lads from Liverpool through the lens of their historic 1964 performance. With a focus on the New Orleans artists that inspired the band, most notably Fats Domino, Landry offers a comprehensive overview of this momentous day through the eyes of a true fan. This meticulous look at the unique relationship between the band and the city combines original photographs, first-hand accounts, and documents including the paperwork giving the mayor’s OK to allow the performance.

Max Brallier - THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE MIDNIGHT

Event date: 

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:00am

Event address: 

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

Max Brallier’s national tour for THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE MIDNIGHT BLADE is coming to Octavia Books! Please join us for this extra special late Sunday monring event. Not only will the star-studded Netflix Original animated series premieres the same day the book is being released, just 12 days before our event, but Max will touring in a tricked-out truck - ala Big Mama - which is going to be a hands-down incredible photo op and overall amazing experience for everyone.

The Simpsons meets The Walking Dead in this humorous post-apocalyptic graphic novel series for middle-grade readers - filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, and a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters

THE ACCIDENT OF COLOR - An Evening with Daniel Brook and Greg Osborn

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Please join us for at the main New Orleans Public Library where journalist and author Daniel Brook will discuss his newly published book, The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction, and the research methods that enabled him to bring to life Reconstruction-era civil rights struggles in Charleston and New Orleans.  Mr. Brook will be in conversation with Greg Osborn from the Library's Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections.

The imposition of the black-white binary racial system at the collapse of Reconstruction brought wrenching social, political, and personal consequences from which we are still reeling today. But it also brought an indomitable spirit of resistance.

"A technicolor history of the first civil rights movement and its collapse into black and white....The Accident of Color revisits a crucial inflection point in American history. By returning to the birth of our nation’s singularly narrow racial system, which was forged in the crucible of opposition to civil rights, Brook illuminates the origins of the racial lies we live by." - from the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, 2019.

Why There Are Words-New Orleans, Fall 2020

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
Join us for the third quarterly reading of the year of the Why There Are Words – New Orleans (WTAW-NOLA). Hear from six featured local writers focusing on a common theme at Octavia Books. Books will be on sale and authors will be signing. A volunterry $10 donation to WTAW-NOLA at the door is suggesd. The program is curated and emceed by Liz Green.

The following readers have been confirmed, with more to be announced closer to the event.:

*** POSTPONED *** Amanda Little - THE FATE OF FOOD - in conversation with Nathaniel Rich - LOSING EARTH

Event date: 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE THE AUTHOR'S FLIGHT WAS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

Please join us for a special evening featuring award-winning environmental journalist, Amanda Little on her recently released book, THE FATE OF FOOD: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, and Smarter World, in conversation with writer Nathaniel Rich, author of LOSING EARTH: A Recent History.

Amanda Little, a Vanderbilt University professor and an award-winning environmental investigative journalist – and a failed vegetarian, a lousy backyard farmer, and a mother of little kids – whose new book is sort of Eat, Pray, Love meets The Sixth Extinction. And here’s why:

*** POSTPONED DUE TO TROPICAL STORM BARRY *** Kathy Curto - Not for Nothing: Glimpses Into a Jersey Girlhood

Event date: 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

American Italian Cultural Center - 537 S Peters St - New Orleans, LA 70130

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO TROPICAL STORM BARRY

Join us at the American Italian Cultural Center for an author presentation and book signing with Kathy Curto featuring her memoir, NOT FOR NOTHING: Glimpes into a Jersey Girlhood.

"In this tense and tender memoir, Curto dishes up her family's crazy moody love like rich red Italian gravy. Sometimes platters of it smash against the wall, sometimes warm bowls are savored on a lap. Too often, the plate is empty - with devastating consequences. But the reader feasts...Mangia Bene!" -Irene O'Garden

Agnes Gomillion - THE RECORD KEEPER

Event date: 

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

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

THIS EVENT, ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR JULY 14, HAS BEEN RE-PROGRAMED FOR SUNDAY, JULY 28 AT 2PM

Please do join us for a Sunday afternoon reading and signing with author Agnes Gomillion featuring her debut novel, THE RECORD KEEPER, a visceral and thrilling near-future dystopia examining past and present race relations.

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