Author Event

Curtis Wilke - WHEN EVIL LIVED IN LAUREL

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for an evening at Octavia Books with Curtis Wilkie presenting and signing his new book, WHEN EVIL LIVED IN LAUREL: The "White Knights" and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer. He will appear in conversation with Jason Berry, author of City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300.

“Curtis Wilkie’s riveting account of the murder of Vernon Dahmer by the KKK is a window into the depths of racism and white supremacy. But it is also a beautifully written tale of courage and morality featuring a man with deep local roots that knew right from wrong. When Evil Lived in Laurel can help us understand the civil rights era in the South and also our country today.” —Walter Isaacson

Chris Thomas King - THE BLUES

Event date: 

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a special evening with blues musician Chris Thomas King presenting and signing  his new book, THE BLUES: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture.


"Chris Thomas King has crafted a timely and insightful work expounding upon history, music, social issues, and his own life's experiences. Most important, his revision of blues history and revolutionary new theory concerning the origins, meaning, and nature of blues is a fresh new perspective that will be a true revolution to readers and will open new lines of discussion on American culture and the importance of the city of New Orleans for generations to come." —Dr. Michael White, jazz clarinetist, composer, and Keller Endowed Chair at Xavier University

Katie Bowler Young - ENRIQUE ALFÉREZ: Sculptor

Event date: 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

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

Come join us when writer Katie Bowler Young presents and signs her impressive new biography, ENRIQUE ALFÉREZ: Sculptor, recently published by The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Please purchase a copy of the book from Octavia Books now at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9780917860850.

Kate Moore - THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE

Event date: 

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

via Zoom

Please join Octavia Books via Zoom when Kate Moore, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE RADIUM GIRLS, presents her new biography, THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear another dark and dramatic but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman hero whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women's rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today.

To participate, register now using the "Register Now" button above or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kate-moore-the-woman-they-could-not-silence-registration-164218348501. You will receive instructions for joining the Zoom meeting through Eventbrite.

Please also show your support by treating yourself to a copy of THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE from Octavia Books at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9781492696728. Be one of the first 50 and you will also receive a stylized signed bookplate and a free WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE journal.

This Octavia Books event is slated to later be broadcast on C-SPAN book TV.

Andrew Baker - TO POISON A NATION

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

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

Join us at Octavia Books when historian Andrew Baker presents and signs his new book, TO POISON A NATION: The Murder of Robert Charles and the Rise of Jim Crow Policing in America, a major new work of history set in 1900 New Orleans that reveals disturbing connections between the Jim Crow past and our current criminal justice crisis. He will appear in conversation with Greg Osborn from the Library's Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections.

"A deeply researched and propulsively written story of corrupt governance, police brutality, Black resistance, and violent white reaction in turn-of-the-century New Orleans that holds up a dark mirror to our own times."—Walter Johnson, author of River of Dark Dreams

Ricky Riccardi - HEART FULL OF RHYTHM

Event date: 

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for a special late afternoon / early evening presentation with Ricky Riccardi featuring his latest book, HEART FULL OF RHYTHM: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong, in conversation with Maxine Gordon, author of SOPHISTICATED GIANT: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon.

James Gill and Howard Hunter - TEARING DOWN THE LOST CAUSE

Event date: 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us at Octavia Books with The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate columnist James Gill (author of LORDS OF MISRULE) and historian Howard Hunter celebrating the launch of their new book, TEARING DOWN THE LOST CAUSE: The Removal of New Orleans's Confederate Statues.

This will be an in-store event. To reserve your participation, please pre-purchase your copy of the book now at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9781496833327, while using the comment box during checkout to write "attending event." (You may request a signed copy, even if you are not attending.)


James Gill and Howard Hunter examine New Orleans’s complicated relationship with the history of the Confederacy pre– and post–Civil War. The authors open and close their manuscript with the dramatic removal of the city’s Confederate statues.

JEAN LAFFITE REVEALED - Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough

Event date: 

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us at Octavia Books when mother-daughter research team Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough present their new book, JEAN LAFFITE REVEALED: Unraveling One of America's Longest-Running Mysteries.

Please prepurchase a copy of the book now at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9781946160720, using the comment box during checkout to indicate whether you are attending the event and to provide instruction for how you want the authors to inscribe your copy.your copy signed or inscribed.

STAR WARS THE HIGH REPUBLIC: RACE TO CRASHPOINT TOWER - Daniel José Older in conversation with Claudia Gray

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

via Zoom
Central Daylight Time

Please join us for a special virtual conversation with notable New Orleans YA author Daniel José Older celebrating the launch of his new STAR WARS THE HIGH REPUBLIC book - RACE TO CRASHPOINT TOWER. He will appear in conversation with New Orleans YA author Claudia Gray, also the author of Star Wars books.

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