Author Event

Maurice Carlos Ruffin - THE ONES WHO DON'T SAY THEY LOVE YOU

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

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

“The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You is an ode to all that makes us human. With an acute eye for beauty in seemingly hidden places, Maurice Carlos Ruffin shows us that having true empathy for others is not only transformative but necessary for our evolution as a people. Each story grabs your heart, squeezes the hell out of it, and then, somehow, makes it fuller. I couldn’t stop feeling. Ruffin is a writer whose work will make you a better person without your knowing it.”—Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck

EXHALE - Dr. David Weill in Conversation with Rabbi Josh Pernick

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

JCC Uptown - 5342 St. Charles Avenue - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us at the JCC Uptown for a special evening featuring David Weill, MD presenting his new book EXHALE: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant.

Exhale is the riveting memoir of a top transplant doctor who rode the emotional rollercoaster of saving and losing lives—until it was time to step back and reassess his own life.

Dr. Weill will be joined by Rabbi Josh Pernick of Congregation Beth Israel for a discussion about organ transplants from both the medical and the Jewish perspective.

Admission is free and open to the community. A reservation is required, as are masks and proof of vaccination.

FREEDOMVILLE - Laura T. Murphy

Event date: 

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us in store for our first post-Hurricane Ida author appearance as we feature New Orleans-based writer and former Loyola professor Laura T. Murphy celebrating the launch of her new book, FREEDOMVILLE: The Story of a 21st-Century Slave Revolt.

To reserve your participation, please pre-purchase your copy of the book now from Octavia Books at octaviabooks.com/book/9781734420746 while using the comment box during checkout to write "attending event." (You may also write in a request a signed copy if you are not attending.)

Robert Olen Butler - LATE CITY

Event date: 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

via Zoom

Join us virtually for a special evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Bulter presenting his new novel, LATE CITY.

A 115-year-old man lies on his deathbed as the 2016 election results arrive, and revisits his life in this moving story of love, fatherhood, and the American century from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler.

To patricipate you must register now. You will then receive instructions for accessing the Zoom event directly from Eventbrite.

Please show your support by purchasing the book now from Octavia Books at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9780802158826. Your copy will include a bookplate signed by Robert Olen Butler.

Jonathan Santlofer - THE LAST MONA LISA - in conversation with Tom Piazza

Event date: 

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

via Zoom

Join us via Zoom with author Jonathan Santlofer presenting his new novel, THE LAST MONA LISA, in conversation with New Orleans author Tom Piazza.


“Oh, what a web Jonathan Santlofer weaves…THE LAST MONA LISA brings together past and present, seasons it with intriguing characters, and brushes it with plot twists that you don’t see coming to create an unstoppable what-happens-next momentum. Santlofer has outdone himself this time.” –Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series

L. F. Ranner - SAILING TO BYZANTIUM

Event date: 

Sunday, August 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for a Sunday afternoon reading and signing with author L. F. Ranner celebrating her debut novel, SAILING TO BYZANTIUM.

This will be an in-store event. To reserve your participation, please pre-purchase your copy of the book now from Octavia Books at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9781948979603 while using the comment box during checkout to write "attending event" (you may also write in a request a signed copy if you are not attending).

In accord with the Mayor Cantrell's new guidelines, please be prepared to provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine, or of a negative PCR test within 72 hours to access.

Merissa Nathan Gerson - FORGET PRAYERS, BRING CAKE

Event date: 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

The Broad Theater - 636 N Broad Street - New Orleans, LA 70119

"Gerson debuts with an illuminating memoir-cum-guide to dealing with grief as a single woman... Gerson’s willingness to explore the depth and breadth of personal loss will help those grieving know they are not alone." – Publishers Weekly

"There’s someone in your life — maybe it’s you — who absolutely needs this book." – Hey Alma

Join us at The Broad Theater for a special book launch, reading & signing celebrating New Orleans writer Merissa Nathan Gerson's FORGET PRAYERS, BRING CAKE.

A cake reception with cash bar will ensue.

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

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