Author Event

THE UNCOLLECTED STORIES OF ALLAN GURGANUS - Allan Gurganus in conversation with Wiley Cash

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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In partnership with The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Octavia Books invites you to join us for a "Reader Meet Writer" virtual event featuring master story-teller and literary giant Allan Gurganus in conversation with bestselling author Wiley Cash featuring THE UNCOLLECTED STORIES OF ALLAN GURGANUS.

To participate, please treat yourself to a copy of the book from Octavia Books at and we will send you a link to get access to the Zoom webinar.

One of “the best writers of our time” (Ann Patchett) offers this hilarious yet haunting cycle of stories—all previously uncollected.

THE RIB KING virtutal book launch - Ladee Hubbard in conversation with Jami Attenberg

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Zoom on line

“Ladee Hubbard’s voice is a welcome original.”
—Mary Gaitskill

Join us virtually for an exciting evening celebrating the launch of author Ladee Hubbard's highly anticipated new novel, THE RIB KING. She will appear in conversation with author Jami Attenberg.

Marc Morial - THE GUMBO COALITION - virtual presentation and book signing

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Please join us virtually for an evening with Marc Morial presenting his recent book, THE GUMBO COALITION: 10 Leadership Lessons That Help You Inspire, Unite, and Achieve.

To register, please purchase the of copy of THE GUMBO COALITION from Octavia Books here. We will then send you a link to Zoom event Tuesday afternoon. Marc Morial will come to you live from Octavia Books and will sign your copy of his book while he is visiting the store.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 12: True Stories from Around the World

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Join us for a special virtual reading and conversation celebrating The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 12: True Stories from Around the World, the newest collection in the award-winning series that invites you to travel along with intrepid female nomads as they wander the globe. The program will feature New Orleans-based editor Lavinia Spalding and contributing writers Faith Adele and Jill K. Robinson.

This just released volume offers readers illuminating cultural connections and personal revelations to inform and encourage their future journeys. Stories offer insights through the lens of a woman’s experience in a foreign place. The result is a rich and intimate personal exploration of a culture and lasting shifts in personal perspective.

Ijeoma Oluo in conversation with Daniel José Older - MEDIOCRE: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America

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Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Please join us December 10 at 7:00 p.m. CST virtually for a very special evening when New York Times best-selling authors Ijeoma Oluo and Daniel José Older discuss their works and celebrate the launch of Oluo’s new book, MEDIOCRE: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.

To participate, you must register here. Each paid registration admits one person to the online event and includes a choice one copy of Ijeoma's MEDIOCRE (the first 200 purchased will include signed bookplates) or Older's THE BOOK OF LOST SAINTS. Deluxe registration includes a copy of both titles.

WHEN I WAS AN ALLIGATOR - A Conversation with Author Gayle Webre and Illustrator Drew Beech

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Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Please join us for a special Zoom conversation with children's book author Gayle Webre and illustrator Drew Beech featuring their new children's book, WHEN I WAS AN ALLIGATOR, published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press.

Follow a curious Cajun kid as she magically and mysteriously transforms into a series of wetlands creatures, including a tree frog, a heron, a catfish, and even a mosquito! Along the way, each animal reveals something of its habits and habitat. With fun language, page-turning onomatopoeia, and charming art, WHEN I WAS AN ALLIGATOR is a playful and informative exploration of Louisiana’s treasured coastal wetlands.

This event is recommended for adults and children too (ages 99 to 4).


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Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

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

Please join us for a "Covid-Safe" booksigning with Tim McNally featuring his new book, THE SAZERAC.

Masks are required.

The Sazerac ranks among the most famous drinks of a city famous for its drinking, but where did the classic New Orleans cocktail originate? Drinks journalist Tim McNally dives into the history of the Sazerac in a lively chronicle that ranges from a family-owned Cognac company in France, to an ingredient created by a New Orleans pharmacist, to a spirit once banned on three continents, to the renowned Playboy Clubs of the 1970s, which helped revitalize the enjoyment of complex, elegant mixed drinks. Among the many significant developments in the life of the Sazerac was its designation in 2008 as the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans.

When the Sazerac made its first appearance in the mid-1800s, the very concept of a cocktail

Jeff Duncan - PAYTON AND BREES: The Men Who Built the Greatest Offense in NFL History

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

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

Please join us for a "Covid-Safe" book-signing with sports writer Jeff Duncan featuring his new book, PAYTON AND BREES, a rare, behind the scenes look at the Saints over more than 14 seasons.

You must wear a mask to enter the store.

IF WE WERE ELECTRIC - Patrick Earl Ryan in conversation with Roxane Gay

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Zoom (please register now)

Join us on Zoom for a special virtual conversation with author Patrick Earl Ryan and Series Editor Roxane Gay celebrating the launch of IF WE WERE ELECTRIC, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction - marking the first time in the nearly forty year history of the award that it has gone to a native New Orleanian. And it is the first winner selected by Roxane Gay.

Each paid registration admits one to the Zoom event online and includes one copy of the book. You must register to participate, and space is limited - so please act now!


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