Author Event


Event date: 

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come meet Paula Arai, Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at LSU, when she presents her new book, PAINTING ENLIGHTENMENT: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra, a fascinating study of the life and work of Iwasaki Tsuneo, a Japanese artist who combined his career knowledge as a biologist with his spiritual insights as a Buddhist practitioner to create breathtaking paintings. His trademark motif is the use of the Japanese characters of the Heart Sutra, an important Buddhist text, to create images of natural phenomena ranging from landscapes to DNA strands and entire galaxies. Paula Arai’s book is at once a full-color display of Tsuneo’s paintings, an overview of his life and career, and a commentary on the Buddhist and scientific themes in his work.

Steven R. Weisman - THE CHOSEN WARS - in conversation with Walter Isaacson

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

JCC, 5342 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us at the New Orleans JCC when Steven R. Weisman presents his recent book, THE CHOSEN WARS: How Judaism Became an American Religion in conversation with Walter Isaacson. A booksigning will follow.

“An important beginning to understanding the truth over myth about Judaism in American history” (New York Journal of Books), Steven R. Weisman tells the dramatic story of the personalities that fought each other and shaped this ancient religion in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Johnette Downing - SPOOKY SECOND LINE

Event date: 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Event address: 

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

Just in time for Halloween, please join us for a storytime reading and signing with New Orleans musician/author Johnette Downing featuring her new children's picture book, SPOOKY SECOND LINE.

There's a jazzy little sound on Halloween. As a mummy is transported down the street in a silver casket, a spooky parade follows, with a witch on bass drum, a skeleton on snare, a black cat on trombone, a jack-o-lantern on clarinet, and more. An author's note explains the local tradition of second lines and jazz funerals.

Octavia Books Presents Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton - THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN

Event date: 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Event address: 

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

Join Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the women who have inspired them throughout their lives. They will present their new book, THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

Independent New Orleans bookstore Octavia Books proudly brings you this event at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church.

Tickets are required.

Tickets are now Sold Out

Each General Admission ticket admits one and includes one of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton's new book, THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN. Books will not be signed.

Justin Devillier - THE NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN - launch party

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

NOCHI, 725 Howard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Please join us at New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) to celebrate the launch of James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Justin Devillier's dubut cookbook, THE NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine.

Please RSVP now with NOCHI at are free but space is limited, so please RSVP! Light bites from the book and drinks will be served.

An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates - THE WATER DANCER - In Conversation with Jesmyn Ward

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Temple Sinai, 6227 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Join us for a special evening with National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates celebrating the publication of THE WATER DANCER, his breathtaking debut novel. He will appear in conversation with two-time National Book Award winning author Jesmyn Ward.

Octavia Books is proud to bring this special event to Temple Sinai, 6227 St Charles Ave.

Please purchase your tickets here now! Each general ticket admits one and will be exchanged for one free copy of THE WATER DANCER. Deluxe tickets also include a copy of Jesmyn Ward's latest novel, SING, UNBURIED, SING.

John Coykendall and Christina Melton - PRESERVING OUR ROOTS

Event date: 

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for a Sunday afternoon presentation and signing with internationally renowned horticulturalist and heirloom seed saver John Coykendall and Award-winning documentary filmmaker Christina Melton featuring their important new book, PRESERVING OUR ROOTS: My Journey to Save Seeds and Stories.

For over four decades, John Coykendall’s passion has been preserving the farm heritage of a small community in rural southeastern Louisiana. A Tennessee native and longtime master gardener at Blackberry Farm, Coykendall has become a celebrity in a growing movement that places a premium on farm-to-table cuisine with locally sourced, organic, and heirloom foods and flavors. While his work takes him around the world searching for seeds and the cultural knowledge of how to grow them, what inspires him most is his annual pilgrimage to Louisiana.

Andrew Feldman - ERNESTO

Event date: 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us when scholar and New Orleans resident Andrew Feldman presents and signs his new biography, ERNESTO: The Untold Story of Hemingway in Revolutionary Cuba.

From the first North American scholar permitted to study in residence at Hemingway’s beloved Cuban home comes a radically new understanding of “Papa’s” life in Cuba

THE ACCIDENT OF COLOR - An Evening with Daniel Brook and Greg Osborn

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Please join us at the main New Orleans Public Library where journalist and author Daniel Brook will discuss his newly published book, The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction, and the research methods that enabled him to bring to life Reconstruction-era civil rights struggles in Charleston and New Orleans.  Mr. Brook will be in conversation with Greg Osborn from the Library's Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections.

The imposition of the black-white binary racial system at the collapse of Reconstruction brought wrenching social, political, and personal consequences from which we are still reeling today. But it also brought an indomitable spirit of resistance.


Event date: 

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

We hope you will join us when novelist Minrose Gwin returns to Octavia Books to give a reading and sign THE ACCIDENTALS.

Following the death of their mother from a botched backwoods abortion, the McAlister daughters have to cope with the ripple effect of this tragedy as they come of age in 1950s Mississippi and then grow up to face their own impossible choices—an unforgettable, beautiful novel that is threaded throughout with the stories of mothers and daughters in pre-Roe versus Wade America.

"Life heads down back alleys, takes sharp left turns. Then, one fine day it jumps the track and crashes.”


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