Author Event

A Conversation with Lisa Wingate - THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS

Event date: 

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

online

Please join us in partnership with The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) for a virtual evening with New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate featuring her new novel, THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS. She will appear in conversation with THNOC volunteer Diane Plauché, moderated by Jessica Dorman, THNOC's Director of publications. They will explore the THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS, the novel's source of inspiration and the complex relationship between public history and historical fiction.

In the decades following the Civil War, African American families seeking loved ones lost in slavery placed “Lost Friends” advertisements in the Southwestern Christian Advocate, a newspaper published in New Orleans and distributed widely across the South.

Edward A. Farmer - PALE - Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

online

Let us continue to deliver authors to your living room. The next author in the Southern Edition series is Edward Farmer. He will be talking with us about his new book PALE and answering your questions. 

"Edward Farmer's powerful debut, Pale, lures you in with its atmospheric prose, grabbing hold gently and then slowly tightening its emotional grip with each page. His main character, Bernice, must navigate Mississippi plantation life circa 1966 with its deeply embedded racism and well-established patriarchy, as well as the complex tensions between both Mr. and Mrs. Kerns and their servants. It's a beautifully wrought novel, with each character sensitively drawn, exposing the lasting effects of trauma. Farmer is a writer to watch!" -John Copenhaver, author of the Macavity Award-winning Dodging and Burning

Lisa Wingate - THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS - Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition

Event date: 

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

online (please RSVP using link above)

Join us online for the next "Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition" event featuring bestselling author Lisa Wingate presenting her new novel, THE BOOK OF LOST AND FRIENDS, with special guest Diane Plauche, (formerly of the Historic New Orleans Collection).

“Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.” —Paula McLain

Here are the details you need to participate:

Date: Thursday, May 28th
Time: 6PM Central Daylight Time

RSVP: bookworm@octaviabooks.com

Attendance is limited..

Richard Campanella - THE WEST BANK OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS - virtual book launch party and presentation and discussion

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

https://prcno.org/event/book-discussion-launch-party-west-bank-greater-new-orleans-historical-geography-richard-campanella/

Join Octavia Books and the Preservation Resource Center for a special online event celebrating the release of Richard Campanella’s highly anticipated new book, THE WEST BANK OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS: A Historical Geography. This event will include a live talk by Richard Campanella.

Click here to register in advance for this free Zoom webinar.

Please also show your support by treating yourself to a copy of THE WEST BANK OF NEW ORLEANS (as well as Richard Campanella's other titles) now at octaviabooks.com.

Mary Kay Andrews - HELLO, SUMMER - Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

online

Let us deliver authors to your living room.  The next author in the Southern Edition series is Mary Kay Andrews. She  will be joining us to present answer questions about her new book, HELLO, SUMMER.

"Andrews's gift for drawing fascinating characters and her captivating dialogue will pull readers through to the end." —Publishers Weekly

Here are the details you need:

Date: Tuesday, MAY 12, 2020
Time: 4 PM Central Daylight Time
RSVP: bookworm@octaviabooks.com

Attendance is limited..

If you elect to attend, we will email you on Tuesday morning with the link to attend this virtual event, plus the link to purchase books (which you will also find below if you wish to order now).  Happy Reading!

Katy Simpson Smith - THE EVERLASTING - - Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

online

The next author in the Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition series is Katy Simpson Smith. She will be talking with us about her new book THE EVERLASTING and answering your questions.

The Everlasting is, quite simply, a wonder: a mesmerizing quartet of stories rendered in lucid, accessible prose. This is a thrillingly modern narrative that, shifting effortlessly from voice to voice, feels like a good old-fashioned story, the story of a city, one of the world’s oldest, wildest, sexiest (and, incidentally, my favorite on earth): Rome.” —Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

Here are the details you need:

Date: Wednesday, MAY 13, 2020
Time: 3 PM Central Daylight Time
RSVP: bookworm@octaviabooks.com

Kristen Arnett - MOSTLY DEAD THINGS - Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition

Event date: 

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

online

Let us deliver authors to your living room.  The next author in the Southern Edition series is Kristen Arnett. She will be talking with us about her book MOSTLY DEAD THINGS and answering your questions.

Mostly Dead Things packs messed-up families, scandalous love affairs, art, life, death and the great state of Florida into one delicious, darkly funny package. Kristen Arnett is wickedly talented and a wholly original voice” - Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Up

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Jen Calonita - CURSED - virtual launch extravagnza

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

https://www.facebook.com/jen.calonita

Please join us Tuesday afternoon for a virtual “tour” book launch event extravaganza with middle-grade Children's book author Jen Calonita for a fun, interactive celebration of her new books, CURSED - the thrilling conclusion her award-winning Fairy Tale Reform School series.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 5, at 1:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time when Jen will be on Facebook Live to answer your questions and bake Ollie’s Famous Bundt Cake along with you. Get ready for some sweet, magical fun! And, if you would like to ask Jen a question, we encourage you to  please one ahead of time at  https://forms.gle/k8DqU53c9pk1AGL66.

Please do show your support while treating yourself to some fun reading by clicking here now to purchase CURSED.

Mahyar A. Amouzegar - DINNER AT 10:32

Event date: 

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 12:00am to Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 11:45pm

Event address: 

somewhere in the parallel universe

University of New Orleans Press and Octavia Books are excited to announce the release of a new novel from Mahyar A. Amouzegar, DINNER AT 10:32. A textured exploration of the most intimate human relationships, DINNER AT 10:32 follows Donte, a man nearing the end of his life, as he recounts to his granddaughter the complex love story that lead to his decades-long marriage. As Donte reveals the friendships, intrigues, and other romances that peppered his youth, both he and his granddaughter are led to contemplate memories, truths, secrets, and hope.


On April 19th, University of New Orleans Press had planned to celebrate the release of Dinner at 10:32 at Octavia Books. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the release party was canceled. We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.

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