Author Event

Jami Attenberg - I CAME ALL THIS WAY TO MEET YOU - in conversation with Katy Simpson Smith

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

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Octavia Book - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 7115

Please join us for a special evening on 2-2-22 with bestselling New Orleans author Jami Attenberg celebrating I CAME ALL THIS WAY TO MEET YOU: Writing Myself Home, her dazzling new memoir about unlocking and embracing her creativity—and how it saved her life. She will appear live at Octavia Books in conversation with author Katy Simpson Smith.

Mahyar A. Amouzegar - The Hubris of an Empty Hand

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Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a special evening with Mahyar A. Amouzegar to celebrate the release of his fourth book of fiction, The Hubris of an Empty Hand. This program includes a talk about Yalda, a two-thousand-year-old Iranian winter solstice observance that the Amouzegar family has renewed with reverence and irreverence, wine and pasties, and millennial-old poems and more modern verse. The night will conclude with a reading from the new book, which finds the Gods returning to their meddling.

Indies First/ Small Business Saturday 2021

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Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Indies First is a day of activities and events in support of independent bookstores that takes place on Small Business Saturday (November 27, 2021). On a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the local economy, and preserve neighborhoods, Octavia Books is proudly hosting some wonderful local authors who are putting "indies first" and asking you to also. Come visit us on this fun and exciting day. And, ask the authors for a recommendation or to sign copies of their own books. And we will be giving away lots of special gifts too!

THE BIG THE BOOK OF KING CAKE - Matt Haines & Randy Krause Schmidt

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Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

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

Come join us as we celebrate Indies First / Small Business Saturday when author Matt Haines and photographer Randy Krause Schmidt sign THE BIG BOOK OF KING CAKE.

"I once ate more than eighty king cakes in a single Carnival," author Matt Haines proudly remembers, demonstrating his dedication to this delicious Mardi Gras tradition. "So you can imagine how amazed I was to learn there has never been a coffee table book dedicated to king cakes!"

THE BIG BOOK OF KING CAKE changes that, telling the thousands-year-old story through lush photography of more than one hundred and fifty unique king cakes, as well as stories from the diverse and talented bakers who make them.

Macon Fry - THEY CALLED US RIVER RATS

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Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for our second act on Indies First / Small Business Saturday when Macon Fry shows his support of shopping independently by returning to Octavia Books to sign THEY CALLED US RIVER RATS.

A celebration of those independent people who call the fringes of the mighty Mississippi home

Debra Shriver - THE FRENCH LEAVE

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Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Event address: 

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

Come meet Debra Shriver when she visit  to signs her beautiful new book, THE FRENCH LEAVE: From Paris to Orleans Parish.

Debra Shriver has been a journalist, copywriter, publicist, media executive, book author, documentary film producer and, most recently, photographer. Her lifelong fascination has been juxtaposing words and pictures, and now she focuses her lens on the singular image. With THE FRENCH LEAVE, she goes with what she knows: a Francophile's view of Paris, but also, with sleight of hand, her adopted hometown of New Orleans as it cameos its way through Paris.

Brian Altobello - WHISKEY, WOMEN, AND WAR

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Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

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Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us with author Brian Altobello presenting and signing his new book, WHISKEY, WOMEN, AND WAR: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans.

Entering World War I in 1917, a burst of patriotism in New Orleans collided with civil liberties. The city, due to its French heritage, shared a strong cultural tie to the Allies, and French speakers from Louisiana provided vital technical assistance to the US military during the war effort. Meanwhile, citizens of German heritage were harassed by unscrupulous, ill-trained volunteers of the American Protective League (APL), ordained by the Justice Department to shield America from enemies within. As a major port, the wartime mobilization dramatically reshaped the cultural landscape of the city in ways that altered the national culture, especially as jazz musicians spread outward from the vice districts.

Sue Strachan, The Café Brûlot; and Cybèle Gontar, A Century on Harmony Street: The Kohlmaier Cabinetmakers of New Orleans

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Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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

Join us for a Saturday afternoon double header booksiging with journalist Sue Strachan featuring The Café Brûlot and art historian Cybèle Gontar featuring A Century on Harmony Street: The Kohlmaier Cabinetmakers of New Orleans. Gontar will be accompanied master furniture craftsman Rupert Kohlmaier himself

James Ciaravella - CHARITY'S CHILDREN

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

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

Join us with James Ciaravella when he comes to present and sign his recent book, CHARITY'S CHILDREN: The Long Days and Nights of the Iron Men. The author, now a retired cardiovascular surgeon originally from New Orleans, graduated from Tulane Medical School in 1968 and trained at Charity Hospital from 1968 through 1977. CHARITY'S CHILDREN uniquely describes the training of a surgeon at Charity and it presents an early history of Charity,and the significant professors on both the LSU and Tulane side who were responsible for much of the hospital's history and prominence. It features significant events that happened in New Orleans( such as the Howard Johnson’s shooting) and how they impacted not only New Orleans but the residents who trained at Charity. Most of all, Ciaravella tells stories and cases that not only he personally experienced, but those from thirty other of his physician contemporaries whom he was able to find and interview.

Dalt Wonk - GRIEF IS HIDING IN THIS MUSIC

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

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

Join us with Dalt Wonk for a reading and signing celebrating his new book, GRIEF IS HIDING IN THIS MUSIC: Poems. The unassuming, direct, and enjoyable poems in this collection reflect Dalt Wonk’s life in the French Quarter, where he has lived for over 40 years.

The collection begins with a section entitled “Exile,” which includes poems inspired by New Orleans and Paris (where Wonk also lived for a decade). Another section entitled “Nocturnes” features poems originally printed alongside the photo-engravings of renowned photographer Josephine Sacabo. And as lagniappe (the New Orleans word meaning “something extra”), the final section features a new translation of the late, great Vicente Huidobro’s surrealist love poem Altazor, Canto II.

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