Author Event

Ransom Riggs - THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS

Event date: 

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, comes to New Orleans to present his new book.

Please join us for a fun and exciting evening with Young Adult author Ransom Riggs when he comes to New Orleans on tour with his new book, THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS.

Independent New Orleans bookstore Octavia Books proudly brings you this event in the Louise S. McGehee School auditorium.

Tickets are required

A Conversation with Country Music Historian Bill C. Malone - COUNTRY MUSIC USA

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

The New Orleans Jazz Museum At The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

Premiere country music historian and former Tulane professor Bill C. Malone, the voice of the history of country music in Ken Burns’s new docu-series Country Music, and author of the definitive book on the topic, COUNTRY MUSIC USA, will return to New Orleans  January 23rd to share his story and journey, while providing a little accompanying music for the audience.

Lisa Fithian - SHUT IT DOWN

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a presentation and booksigning with Lisa Fithian featuring her new books, SHUT IT DOWN.

A veteran activist’s guide to direct action and strategic civil disobedience as the most radical and rapid means to social change

Maurice Carlos Ruffin in conversation with Daniel José Older - WE CAST A SHADOW - paperback edition book launch

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street

Please join us to celebrate the launch of the paperback edition of Maurice Carlos Ruffin's stunning novel, We Cast a Shadowl. Ruffin will appear in conversation with author Daniel José Older with a booksiging to follow.

Daniel Jose Older - SHADOWSHAPER LEGACY - book launch - in conversation with Claudia Gray

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come welcome author Daniel José Older at the launch event for SHADOWSHAPER LEGACY, including a presentation, reading, and booksiging. He will appear in conversation with author Claudia Gray.

The epic conclusion to the acclaimed Shadowshaper Cypher series!

A house divided

Sierra and the shadowshapers have been split apart. Juan, Anthony, and Izzy are in jail, anxiously waiting to find out what will become of them. Back in Brooklyn, the other shadowshapers have been getting threatening messages from whisper wraiths, catching strangely shaped figures stalking them, and fending off random spirits. A war is brewing among the houses, and the very magic of the shadowshapers is at stake.

The fate of the worlds

Indies First/ Small Business Saturday 2019

Event date: 

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 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 30, 2019). 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" by volunteering as front-line booksellers for the day. 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.

From 10am till noon, come meet children's picture book author Jeanette Rose Weiland whose wonderful new book is BEIGNETS FOR BREAKFAST.

Maruice Ruffin, author of the highly recommended novel, WE CAST A SHADOW will be in the store from Noon til 1:40pm.

Shannon Sims - BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2019

Event date: 

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for a Sunday afternoon signing with local author Shannon Sims. Hear her wild story from the Amazon - "These Brazilians Traveled 18 Hours on a Riverboat to Vote. I Went with Them." - featured in the just released THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2019, an eclectic compendium of the best travel writing essays of the year, collected by Alexandra Fuller.

THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING gathers together a satisfyingly varied medley of perspectives, all exploring what it means to travel somewhere new. For the past two decades, readers have come to recognize this annual volume as the gold standard for excellence in travel writing.

BUILDING ON THE PAST: Saving Historic New Orleans

Event date: 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a presentation and signing with authors Susan Lagnenhennig, John Pope, and Danielle Del Sol and photographer Chris Granger featuring their new book, BUILDING ON THE PAST: Saving Historic New Orleans, just published by the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.

Don’t call it the city that care forgot. For more than a century, passionate residents of New Orleans have come up with innovative ways to rescue, restore and preserve the historic architecture that creates this city’s singular sense of place. This beautiful new book chronicles modern efforts to save the soul of a 300-year-old city and ensure its bright future honors its rich past.

Richard Sexton - ENIGMATIC STREAM: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River

Event date: 

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Orleans - LA 70115

Meet photographer Richard Sexton when he presents and signs his latest book, ENIGMATIC STREAM.

As it churns toward its terminus in southeastern Louisiana, the Mississippi River becomes a wide, muddy superhighway of activity, matched in might only by the megastructures of heavy industry that line its banks. The section of the river from Baton Rouge to New Orleans doubles as one of the most potent economic corridors in the country.

Christopher Schaberg - SEARCHING FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE: A Journey into the Environmental Humanities

Event date: 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come celebrate the launch of Christopher Schaberg's new book, SEARCHING FOR THE ANTROPOCENE:A Journey into the Environmental Humanities.

"Moving nimbly between personal narrative and academic theory, Christopher Schaberg locates the Anthropocene in compelling, illustrative sites--from the sand dunes of his Michigan childhood where he gathered stones derived from 350-million-year-old coral to the new billion-dollar airport terminal being built, ill-advisedly, just above sea level in his current home of New Orleans. This is an elegantly-written book that guides us through the dizzying epiphanies of scale, co-implication, and self-recognition that the Anthropocene concept demands." -Nicole Seymour, author of Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age

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