Author Event

Mary Miller - BILOXI

Event date: 

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Come meet author Mary Miller when she reads and signs her new novel, BILOXI.

Mary Miller seizes the mantle of southern literature with Biloxi, a tender, gritty tale of middle age and the unexpected turns a life can take.

Derby Gisclair - EARLY BASEBALL IN NEW ORLEANS

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a presentation and signing with S. Derby Gisclair celebrating the launch of his book, Early Baseball in New Orleans: A History of 19th Century Play.

In the 1800s, New Orleans’ local economy evolved from rural-agrarian into urban-industrial. With this transformation came newfound leisure time, which birthed the concept of organized sport. Though first considered a game for children, baseball became New Orleans’ most popular pastime, and by 1859, numerous baseball clubs had been established in the city. This book traces the development of baseball in New Orleans from its earliest recorded games in 1859 through the end of the 19th century, with a particular focus on the New Orleans Pelicans.

Earl Higgins - 100 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us when we celebrate the launch author/lawyer/humorist Earl J. Higgins's new book, 100 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE, a sort of follow up to his previous book THE JOY OF Y'AT CATHOLICISM.

You're Catholic, right? Catholics begin everything with the Sign of the Cross. So let's begin this Catholic "bucket list" with the signature acknowledgment of Catholicism. There's definitely more to being a Catholic than Lenten fish-fries From Christmas Vigil Mass and the Way of the Cross, to All Saints Day observances and, of course, bingo--explore 100 things to do before your Last Rites. Lifelong Catholic Earl J. Higgins provides a short education on the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption of Mary, the Oblates, and a host of other rich church traditions. So put some holy water in that bucket and let's get started.

Rob Walker - THE ART OF NOTICING

Event date: 

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

The Shop at the CAC - 900 Camp Street, 3rd floor
New Orleans, LA 70130

Join us for a stimulating talk/workshop at Birdfoot Festival at The Shop at the CAC  when writer Rob Walker presents his new book, THE ART OF NOTICING. He will introduce a few of the playful exercises from the book and will discuss how noticing fuels creativity and teamwork, and how the concept of noticing can be extended to listening. We will be there on-site with the books, and a book signing and happy hour will follow.

Tony Horwitz - SPYING ON THE SOUTH: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

Event date: 

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

We are sorry to share the very sad news that Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and bestselling author Tony Horwitz died suddenly on Memorial Day, May 27 in Washington, D.C., just four days before he was planning to come to Octavia Books to present his great new book, SPYING ON THE SOUTH: An Odyssey Across the American Divide. In memory of Tony, we will remain open at the 6pm event time. Please join us to read a favorite passage from a Tony Horwitz book, share a memory, say a few words, just listen, or pick up a book to take home.

Liz Skilton - TEMPEST

Event date: 

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us late morning on Day 1 of  Hurricane Season 2019 when author Liz Skilton presents and signs TEMPEST: Hurricane Naming and American Culture.

Skilton's innovative new book tracks the naming of hurricanes over six decades, exploring the interplay between naming practice and wider American culture. In 1953, the U.S. Weather Bureau adopted female names to identify hurricanes and other tropical storms. Within two years, that convention came into question, and by 1978 a new system was introduced, including alternating male and female names in a pattern that continues today. Skilton blends gender studies with environmental history to analyze this often controversial tradition.

Jane T. Bertrand - YOU STARTED WHAT AFTER 60? Highpointing Across America

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

When Jane Trowbridge Bertrand turned 60, she was itching for a challenge. Come meet her when she presents her book, YOU STARTED WHAT AFTER 60? Highpointing Across America.

The three Trowbridge sisters had a tradition of doing something noteworthy on the important birthdays, and she was searching for what that would be. Because hiking opportunities in her adopted state of Louisiana are nonexistent, she struck on the idea of climbing one mountain in every one of the 50 states. From the start, she ruled out mountains that would require technical climbing, especially in snow; no harnesses, ropes, carabiners, helmets, crampons, or ice axes for her.
 
At the time, she had never heard of highpointing, a fast-growing pastime with its own club, foundation, newsletter, and annual convention.
 

Ron Swoboda - HERE'S THE CATCH

Event date: 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for an author talk and booksigning with baseball great Ron Swoboda celebrating the release of his new book, HERE'S THE CATCH: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More.

Has it really been 50 years since the Miracle Mets won the most unlikely World Series in baseball history? “Every Man” player Ron Swoboda captures the passion and excitement as he rekindles the memories of all baseball fans.

Why There Are Words - New Orleans - "Grace"

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for the second quarterly reading of the year of the Why There Are Words – New Orleans (WTAW-NOLA). Hear from the following featured local writers on the theme of “Grace” at, Octavia Books. Books will be on sale and authors will be signing. $10 suggested donation to WTAW-NOLA at the door. Curated and emceed by Liz Green.

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