Author Event

Melissa Rogers in conversation with Rob Lalka - FAITH IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 5:30pm

Event address: 

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church - 7100 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Join us for an evening with Melissa Rogers featuring her new book:FAITH IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE. She will appear in conversation with Tulane University professor, Rob Lalka.

Sponsored by The St. Charles Center for Faith + Action, the program will take place the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, and includes

Jonathan Tel - SCRATCHING THE HEAD OF CHAIRMAN MAO

Event date: 

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for a reading and book signing with Jonathan Tel featuring his new book, SCRATCHING THE HEAD OF CHAIRMAN MAO.

“A tour de force of deep knowledge, uncanny powers of observation, and brilliant tragicomic invention . . . [A] tale full of harshness and corruption that nevertheless leaves a lingering flavor of strange, otherworldly sweetness.”—James Lasdun, author of Afternoon of a Faun and The Fall Guy

Robin Roberts and Leslie Wade - DOWNTOWN MARDI GRAS - with special appearance from Dianne Honoré

Event date: 

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a book launch evening with Robin Roberts and Leslie Wade presenting and signing DOWNTOWN MARDI GRAS - with a special (costumed) appearance from Dianne Honoré, founder of the Black Storyville Baby Dolls.

What’s new in Carnival? DOWNTOWN MARDI GRAS: New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans by Leslie A. Wade, Robin Roberts, and Frank de Caro tells the story of several new krewes and parades. Wade and Roberts will discuss the importance of new carnival organizations. Dianne Honoré, founder of The Amazons Benevolent Society and the Black Storyville Baby Dolls, and Culture Curator of Louisiana Heritage, is featured in the book; she will focus on her participation in these two organizations, and discuss her leadership roles and costuming.

Cheryl Gerber - CHERCHEZ LA FEMME

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for a presentation and signing with photographer Cheryl Gerber featuring her fabulous new book, CHERCHEZ LA FEMME, a photographic exploration with essays of how New Orleans women have shaped the city.

New Orleans native Cheryl Gerber captures the vibrancy and diversity of New Orleans women in CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: New Orleans Women. Inspired by the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC, Gerber’s book includes over two hundred photographs of the city’s most well-known women and the everyday women who make New Orleans so rich and diverse. Drawing from her own archives as well as new works, Gerber’s selection of photographs in CHERCHEZ LA FEMME highlights the contributions of women to the city, making it one of the only photographic histories of modern New Orleans women.

Ransom Riggs - THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS

Event date: 

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, comes to New Orleans to present his new book.

Please join us for a fun and exciting evening with Young Adult author Ransom Riggs when he comes to New Orleans on tour with his new book, THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS.

Independent New Orleans bookstore Octavia Books proudly brings you this event in the Louise S. McGehee School auditorium.

Tickets are required

A Conversation with Country Music Historian Bill C. Malone - COUNTRY MUSIC USA

Event date: 

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

The New Orleans Jazz Museum At The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

Premiere country music historian and former Tulane professor Bill C. Malone, the voice of the history of country music in Ken Burns’s new docu-series Country Music, and author of the definitive book on the topic, COUNTRY MUSIC USA, will return to New Orleans  January 23rd to share his story and journey, while providing a little accompanying music for the audience.

Lisa Fithian - SHUT IT DOWN

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a presentation and booksigning with Lisa Fithian featuring her new book, SHUT IT DOWN.

A veteran activist’s guide to direct action and strategic civil disobedience as the most radical and rapid means to social change

Daniel Jose Older - SHADOWSHAPER LEGACY - book launch - in conversation with Claudia Gray

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come welcome author Daniel José Older at the launch event for SHADOWSHAPER LEGACY, including a presentation, reading, and booksiging. He will appear in conversation with author Claudia Gray.

The epic conclusion to the acclaimed Shadowshaper Cypher series!

A house divided

Sierra and the shadowshapers have been split apart. Juan, Anthony, and Izzy are in jail, anxiously waiting to find out what will become of them. Back in Brooklyn, the other shadowshapers have been getting threatening messages from whisper wraiths, catching strangely shaped figures stalking them, and fending off random spirits. A war is brewing among the houses, and the very magic of the shadowshapers is at stake.

The fate of the worlds

Indies First/ Small Business Saturday 2019

Event date: 

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Indies First is a day of activities and events in support of independent bookstores that takes place on Small Business Saturday (November 30, 2019). On a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the local economy, and preserve neighborhoods, Octavia Books is proudly hosting some wonderful local authors who are putting "indies first" by volunteering as front-line booksellers for the day. Come visit us on this fun and exciting day. And, ask the authors for a recommendation or to sign copies of their own books. And we will be giving away lots of special gifts, too.

From 10am till noon, come meet children's picture book author Jeanette Rose Weiland whose wonderful new book is BEIGNETS FOR BREAKFAST.

Maruice Ruffin, author of the highly recommended novel, WE CAST A SHADOW will be in the store from Noon til 1:40pm.

Shannon Sims - BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2019

Event date: 

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

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.

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