Author Event

Susan Orlean - ON ANIMALS

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Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

via Zoom

Join us virtually for a special hour with the legendary Susan Orleans, national bestselling author of THE LIBRARY BOOK and THE ORCHID THIEF, presenting her new book, ON ANIMALS.

To participate, please register now. We have opened up a free admission option; however please consider paid registration which includes a copy of the book with signed bookplate.

GASTRO OBSCURA - Dylan Thuras in conversation with Sam O'Brien

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

via Zoom
New Orleans, LA 70115

Join Octavia Books virtually for a thrilling late October evening featuring the just released GASTRO OBSCURA: A Food Adventurer's Guide - the definitive compendium of the astonishing and delicious from the curious minds behind the #1 New York Times bestseller ATLAS OBSCURA: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders.

Tyler Bridges - THE FLIGHT: A Father's War, A Son's Search

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Monday, November 1, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

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

Join us with Louisiana journalist and author Tyler Bridges celebrating the launch of his new book, THE FLIGHT: A Father's War, A Son's Search, which is both a history and a memoir

The Flight tells the story of Richard W. “Dick” Bridges’s heroic service in World War II. Bridges survived a German attack on his plane, the Fascinatin’ Witch, by parachuting out of the exploding B-24. He escaped detection in Austria, became the first American prisoner of war in Hungary, was sent to Yugoslavia, escaped from his POW camp there, was sheltered by the Partisans one step ahead of the Germans, and was finally airlifted to safety in Italy by the British. Bridges’s story, which seems almost too astonishing to be true, went untold until after his death in 2003, when his son, Tyler Bridges, pieced it together. The younger Bridges’s odyssey in search of his father’s wartime experiences connected him with the families of other crew members aboard the Fascinatin’ Witch and led him to retrace his father’s footsteps through Austria, Hungary, and the former Yugoslavia. With his findings, Bridges has woven a story not only about World War II and the bravery of this unique group of soldiers, but also about fathers and sons, what can get lost in the gulf between generations, and how patience and understanding can bridge that gap.

Barbara Heller - Little Women: The Complete Novel, Featuring Letters and Ephemera from the Characters' Correspondence, Written and Folded by Hand

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Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for a booksiging with Barbara Heller celebrating the launch of her brilliantly curated new deluxe "letter book" edition of Louisa May Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN. Heller and a team of New Orleans-based scribes have imaginatively created many letters in the novel, and the girls’ newspaper, The Pickwick Portfolio, to look as though they were handwritten by the characters in the 1860s. Every element is hand-folded and tucked into glassine envelopes sprinkled throughout the story. Heller and the scribes, who perfectly captured the spirited emotion of each character in Little Women, will all be signing the books together.

Sallie H. Weissinger - YES, AGAIN: (Mis)adventures of a Wishful Thinker

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Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a conversation, reading, and signing with Sallie H. Weissinger celebrating her just released memoir, YES, AGAIN: (Mis)adventures of a Wishful Thinker.

“Sallie Weissinger celebrates her seventy-fifth birthday in Yes Again by taking the reader on a tour of her big heart and where that heart has taken her. This glorious story of a life lived in love is the perfect read because it’s hilarious, honest, and full of hope. We are all lovers, or we wish we were, and Sallie shows us how: never give up, occasionally give in, and don’t stop believing. Brava!”
Adriana Trigiani, best-selling author of Tony's Wife

FREEDOMVILLE - Laura T. Murphy

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Friday, September 17, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us in store for our first post-Hurricane Ida author appearance as we feature New Orleans-based writer and former Loyola professor Laura T. Murphy celebrating the launch of her new book, FREEDOMVILLE: The Story of a 21st-Century Slave Revolt.

To reserve your participation, please pre-purchase your copy of the book now from Octavia Books at octaviabooks.com/book/9781734420746 while using the comment box during checkout to write "attending event." (You may also write in a request a signed copy if you are not attending.)

Robert Olen Butler - LATE CITY

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Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

via Zoom

Join us virtually for a special evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Bulter presenting his new novel, LATE CITY.

A 115-year-old man lies on his deathbed as the 2016 election results arrive, and revisits his life in this moving story of love, fatherhood, and the American century from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler.

To patricipate you must register now. You will then receive instructions for accessing the Zoom event directly from Eventbrite.

Please show your support by purchasing the book now from Octavia Books at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9780802158826. Your copy will include a bookplate signed by Robert Olen Butler.

Jonathan Santlofer - THE LAST MONA LISA - in conversation with Tom Piazza

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Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

via Zoom

Join us via Zoom with author Jonathan Santlofer presenting his new novel, THE LAST MONA LISA, in conversation with New Orleans author Tom Piazza.


“Oh, what a web Jonathan Santlofer weaves…THE LAST MONA LISA brings together past and present, seasons it with intriguing characters, and brushes it with plot twists that you don’t see coming to create an unstoppable what-happens-next momentum. Santlofer has outdone himself this time.” –Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series

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