Author Event

BUILDING ON THE PAST: Saving Historic New Orleans

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm

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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.

Shannon Sims - BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2019

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Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

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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.

Miki Pfeffer - A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain's Court: Letters from Grace King's New England Sojourns - launch

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

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

Please join us for for a presentation and signing with Miki Pfefer celebrating the launch of A NEW ORLEANS AUTHOR IN MARK TWAIN'S COURT: Letters from Grace King's New England Sojourns.

Einat Admony - SHUK - in conversation with Alon Shaya

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

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

Join us at the JCC for a special evening with Einat Admony featuring her new book SHUK: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking, which has been named a Best New Cookbook for Fall 2019 by Publishers Weekly, Epicurious and Robb Report. She will appear in conversation with chef Alon Shaya.

Israeli food has become the it cuisine, with Israeli restaurants opening throughout the country. But what makes Israeli food so special? Israel is a culinary crossroads, a mishmash of foods best represented in its shuks, or markets, where foods from Yemen, Morocco, Bulgaria, Libya, Turkey, Russia, the Levant, and many other regions sit side by side to create a food culture unlike anywhere else in the world.

Shane Leif and John McCusker - JOCKOMO: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians - launch

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:00pm

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

Please join us for a special evening with Shane Leif and John McCusker celebrating the launch of their new book, JOCKOMO: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians.

The first exploration of three hundred years of intertwined Native American and African American cultural practices in New Orleans

Book Launch Celebration — Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's The REVISIONERS, and Jami Attenberg's ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Hotel Peter & Paul - 2317 Burgundy Street - New Orleans, LA 70117

Please join Octavia Books and Garden District Book Shop who are combing forces to celebrate the launch of two key New Orleans novels — THE REVISIONERS by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton and ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS by Jamie Attenberg. Both books are largely set in contemporary New Orleans. The authors will present their books and discuss what it is like to write about this complicated place, among other topics. They will be in conversation with Anne Gissleson, author of THE FUTILITARIANS: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving and Reading.

This groundbreaking literary collaborative celebration will take place at Hotel Peter & Paul (2317 Burgundy Street) in their beautiful "church space" with support from the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Books association and the publishers, HMH Books and Counterpoint Press. Doors open with a reception at 6pm, and a presentation at7pm. Following, there will be book signing on site with sales of Jami Attenberg's books handled through Garden District Book Shop and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's book sales handled through Octavia Books.

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