Author Event

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

Event date: 

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

Event address: 

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.

Michael Pollan and Mark Plotkin on Creativity, Humor and Altered States at Improv New Orleans

Event date: 

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall- Loyola University
6363 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Join us with Improv New Orleans: A Festival of Ideas when Michael Pollan, the celebrated environmental journalist, essayist, and New York Times best-selling author of How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, joins the New Orleans-born ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicin

Carol Strickland - THE EAGLE AND THE SWAN

Event date: 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come meet author Carol Colclough Strickland, a New Orleans native and Ben Franklin grad, when she presents and signs of her historical novel, THE EAGLE AND THE SWAN: The Remarkable Story of Ancient Rome’s Prostitute Turned Empress. Set in the late Roman Empire in 6th-century Constantinople, the book gives voice to the most maligned woman of antiquity, Empress Theodora, who began life as the bear keeper’s daughter in the circus before attracting the attention of a soldier who became Emperor Justinian.

One reviewer has summed up the novel’s appeal as Sex and the City meets I, Claudius, reflecting both the historical facts and the salacious gossip surrounding Theodora, a former courtesan and erotic dancer.

Within a manuscript that has not been read for a millennium and a half, there are secrets that will rewrite the history of an Empire…

Max Brallier - THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE MIDNIGHT BLADE

Event date: 

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:00am

Event address: 

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

Max Brallier’s national tour for THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE MIDNIGHT BLADE is coming to Octavia Books! Please join us for this extra special late Sunday morning event. Not only has the star-studded Netflix Original animated series premiered just 12 days before our event, but Max will arriving a tricked-out truck - ala Big Mama - which is going to be a hands-down incredible photo op and overall amazing experience for everyone.

The Simpsons meets The Walking Dead in this humorous post-apocalyptic graphic novel series for middle-grade readers - filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, and a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters

Ethan Brown - MURDER IN THE BAYOU - media tie-in edition launch

Event date: 

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come join us for a presentation and signing with investigative journalist and author Ethan Brown celebrating the launch of the  media tie-in edition of his compelling true crime investigation, MURDER IN THE BAYOU, becoming a Showtime documentary series premiering this Fall.  MURDER IN THE BAYOU was originally launched at Ocavia Books in 2016.

Authors Megan Abbott and Sarah St. Vincent, winners of the 2019 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction

Event date: 

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., New Orleans.

Please join us for a special ceremony at the Louisiana Humanities Center where authors Megan Abbott and Sarah St. Vincent will receive the 2019 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction. After presentation of the prizes, the authors will discuss their works in a conversation with each other and the audience moderated by journalist Alison Fensterstock. The evening will end with a reception and book signings - with Octavia Books on hand to offer books for purchase.

This event is open to the public.

Shannon Hale & Dean Hale - PRINCESS IN BLACK

Event date: 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come meet authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale when they present and sign their highly sough after PRINCESS IN BLACK series.

From the award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham comes the New York Times best-selling humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.


You are welcome to wear your favorite princess or superhero attire!

(Who says princesses don't wear black?)

An Evening with YA Author Renée Ahdieh Presenting THE BEAUTIFUL

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us in welcoming #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling YA author Renée Ahdieh, presenting her new book, THE BEAUTIFUL, in conversation with her editor Stacey Barney.

We’re offering a special 45 minute VIP meet-and-greet with Renée beginning at 5pm - in advance of the 6pm public event - for the first 25 persons who order the VIP package.

Robert S. Brantley - SACRED GROUND: The Cemeteries of New Orleans

Event date: 

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 7015

Join us when photographer Robert S. Brantly presents and signs SACRED GROUND: The Cemeteries of New Orleans, which includes, perhaps, the best shots you have ever seen of New Orleans cemeteries, all through the lens of an accomplished architectural photographer -- really a whole new perspective.

"A master photographer and knowledgeable student of architectural history, Robert Brantley beautifully achieves his goal of bringing life into the subject called death." - Hilary Somerville Irvin, architectural historian

 

"Robert Brantley's images resonate within, compelling us to contemplate love, family, purpose, loss, profound sadness, beauty, decay, connection, continuity, and maybe - ultimately - the marker we will leave in this world." - Sandra L. Stokes, former president of the Louisiana Landmarks Society

 

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