Timothy Duffy - BLUE MUSE

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us for an evening with photographer Timothy Duffy when he presents BLUE MUSE: Timothy Duffy's Southern Photographs, published by UNC Press in association with the New Orleans Museum of Art. The book features several New Orleans based musicians such as Alabama Slim, Ironing Board Sam and Little Freddie King. Timothy Duffy will appear in conversation with New Orleans Museum of Art curator Russell Lord who wrote the book's foreword.

And, the program will feature a very special performance by New Orleans music legend Little Freddie King. A book signing will follow.

Portraits capturing the roots of American music and photography

THE MIDNIGHT COOL - Lydia Peelle with music by Ketch Secor

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us for a very special evening featuring author Lydia Peelle reading from her highly anticipated debut novel - THE MIDNIGHT COOL - with live music  performed on guitjo and harmonica by husband  Ketch Secor of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show, along with a short slide show and music from an antique Edison cylinder machine.

David Weinstone - MUSIC CLASS TODAY!

Event date: 

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:15pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us Saturday afternoon at 1:15 pm for a sing-along reading and book signing with David Weinstone, the creator of the wildly popular Music for Aardvarks program, featuring his new children's book, MUSIC CLASS TODAY!an infectious celebration of music class that will make parents want to sing and dance with their little ones!

As soon as the teacher starts to play his guitar and sing, the kids are whirling and twirling and having a blast. But for one hesitant little music maker, it is all a bit overwhelming at first. With energetic and bright illustrations, this reassuring story about the courage it sometimes takes to try something new will resonate with children everywhere. 

Piano Man Armand St. Martin - Independent Bookstore Day performance

Event date: 

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

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

New Orleans piano entertainer Armand St. Martin will give a special afternoon performance at Octavia Books for New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day. You can browse to great music or sit down and listen with undivided attention to Armand's music and related New Orleans stories.  Following his performance, he'll sign CDs.


Event date: 

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

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

As a special feature of our New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day celebration, please come meet Grammy and Billboard Award winner Irvin Mayfield when he performs and presents & signs NEW ORLEANS PLAYHOUSE, his just released 304-page coffee table book that includes seven CDs of live music recorded at his Bourbon Street Jazz club.

"With this book and these recordings, Irvin Mayfield connects our past and present with vignettes on three muses: truth, love, and beauty. As a son of New Orleans, as a trumpeting descendant of Buddy Bolden, as a proprietor of the most successful bona fide Jazz club on historic Bourbon Street, he is absolutely qualified to tell our story. He understands that if we are to remain ourselves, our story must be told and retold—remembered and reinvented—at each telling."
- Wynton Marsalis

Michael Patrick Welch - NEW ORLEANS: The Underground Guide

Event date: 

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans

Red beans and rice, trad jazz, and second lines are the Big Easy's calling cards, but beyond where the carriage rides take you is a city brimming with genre-defying music, transnational cuisine, and pockets of wild, artistic locals that challenge preconceived notions of what it means to be New Orleans.

With a respectful nod to the traditional and a full embrace of the obscure, New Orleans: The Underground Guide is a resource for discovering the city as it really is -- as much brass bands and boas as it is bounce and bicycle tours. From a speakeasy in the Bywater neighborhood to the delightfully sketchy vibe of St. Roch Tavern, lead author Michael Patrick Welch uncovers an unexpected tableau of musicians, venues, and novel ways to pass the bon temps.

Contents include but are not limited to: where to get naked, how to make the most of Mardi Gras according to banjo player Geoff Douville, what to order from the delicious Slavic menu at Siberia, where to find the New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival, how to catch a performance by the New Movement comedy troupe, where to rent a kayak, and how to get in on the "bed and beverage" experience at the Royal Street Inn.

Michael Patrick Welch is the author of several books. His writing has appeared in New Orleans rags like Gambit Weekly and OffBeat, and his freelance work has appeared in Salon, Columbia Journalism Review, McSweeney’s, Oxford American, and Vice magazine. On the side, Welch teaches a music writing class for kids and is the leader of electro-rock-n-R&B band the White Beach.




Event date: 

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans

"Warning: Michael Hearst has unleashed some powerful wonder-awe juju here. You may be gripped by a giddy urge to drop what you're doing, abandon your career, and take your kids off to Africa to see a hammer-headed bat. I will see you there!"  -Mary Roach, Author of Packing For Mars


Join us when quirky author and composer Michael Hearst returns to Octavia Books to present and sign his recent book, UNUSUAL CREATURES: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals, and companion CD, Songs for Unusual Creatures. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tardigrade. And in case learning about hagfish slime isn't enough to pique your interest, Hearst will also perform a few songs inspired by the animals on such odd-ball instruments as the theremin and the stylophone.

Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums, including the literary collaboration As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent, The Recipe Project, in which the band has taken recipes from today’s top chefs (Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, David Chang, etc.), set them to music, and sing them word for word. Michael's solo works include the albums Songs For Ice Cream Trucks and Songs For Unusual Creatures, the website Songs For Newsworthy News, and the soundtracks for the movies Magic Camp, The House Of Suh and The Good Mother. As a writer, Michael's work has appeared in such journals as McSweeney's, The Lifted Brow, and Post Road. His first book, Unusual Creatures, was published by Chronicle Books just a few months ago. Hearst also hosts a podcast series with Rick Moody called 18:59 and is a producer for the website Cassette From My Ex. He has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on such shows as NPR's Fresh Air, A+E's Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC's The Today Show.


New Orleans Road Food book signings in the French Market

Event date: 

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

French Market
French Quarter
70116 New Orleans
Please join us at the French Market at the heart of the 4th Annual New Orleans Road Food Festival for author signings with:

We will also also be featuring the CAFE RECONCILE COOKBOOK. Octavia Books will contribute a significant portion of all New Orleans Roadfood Festival book sales for the benefit of Cafe Reconcile, the official non-profit partner of the festival.

Books will be available for purchase Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25 from noon-4PM  from Octavia Books onsite in the book tent where the signing will take place. Signings are scheduled as follows.

Sat., Mar. 24        

Lynne Rossetto Kasper

& Sally Swift

Sat., Mar. 24 3PM Jane & Michael Stern
Sat., Mar. 24 3PM Poppy Tooker
Sat., Mar. 24 3PM Jane & Michael Stern


Beyond books, there will of course be lots of food, music, cooking demonstrations, and fun for everyone. Four blocks in the French Market will be lined with dozens of top Roadfood cooks from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America, each offering a unique specialty. This is NOT typical and expected festival fare: it is a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, all gathered in one place: a foodie's dream. Portions are right-sized and priced to provide everyone a chance to taste the maximum number of great regional eats as they stroll through the French Market inhaling delicious smells that range from real Texas pit barbecue to Pecan Pie to artisan boudin sausage made by Cajun country's most beloved butchers. There is no admission fee; just bring plenty of appetite!

For more information on the New Orleans Road Food Festival events, see



Event date: 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Carousel Bar & Lonuge - Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
70130 New Orleans

Join with us at the Hotel Monteleone to turn back the clock and celebrate in MAD style! In honor of TV’s most anticipated season debut, the Monteleone is hosting a Mad Men Season 5 Premiere Party on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the newly renovated Carousel Bar and Lounge.

Authors Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin will be at the celebration with Octavia Books to sign copies of UNOFFICIAL MAD MEN COOKBOOK: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men.

photo by Tom LowenburgSpecial Guest, cast member BRYAN BATT will be present as the event's celebrity judge; and he will also be with us to sign copies of his recent book, BIG EASY STYLE.


Ever wish you could mix an Old Fashioned cocktail just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling's favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joan Harris manages to prepare a perfect crown roast in her tiny apartment kitchen? Or about the connection between Jackie Kennedy's 1962 White House tour and Betty Draper's Valentine's Day room service order?

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside serves up more than 70 recipes to satisfy a Mad Men appetite! From the tables of Manhattan's most legendary restaurants and bars to the Drapers' Around the World dinner, This is your entrée to the culinary world of Man Men-era New York. Packed with period detail, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook provides invaluable historical and cultural context for the food and drink featured in Mad Men, tips on throwing a successful '60s cocktail party, and even a guide to favored Mad Men hangouts.


Come dressed in any Mad Men fashion you choose; whether you are a Betty or a Don, Roger or a Salvatore, it's up to you. Put on your skinny tie, grab your best pearl necklace and fill up your glass of scotch for a sharp-suited good time!

The Hotel Monteleone will be providing delicious 60’s-inspired passed hors d'oeuvres as well as complimentary specialty cocktails including an Absolut® Vodka Gimlet, Beefeater® Gibson and Chivas® Rob Roy.

The party is open to the public and free to attend, so please pass along to whomever. Door prizes will be given to lucky winners as well as goodies for attendees throughout the night… so, ladies, grab your red lipstick; fellas, slick back your hair and everyone get excited for a fun-filled night in the Carousel Bar & Lounge!

"THE FAULT IN OUR STARS" - Octavia Books Presents an Evening with John Green & Hank Green

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Temple Sinai
6227 St. Charles Ave. (corner of Calhoun)
70118 New Orleans

Doors open at 6:00PM. Program will start promptly at 7:00PM.
Please arrive early.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John GreenPlease join us for an exciting evening with bestselling author John Green presenting his new novel, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. John will be accompanied by his well-known brother, Hank Green, and together they will give an interactive presentation including words and music followed by a booksigning.

Octavia Books is holding the event at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue (at Calhoun), New Orleans, LA. You may enjoy arriving via the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar


Online sales dealine was 4PM CDT on the day of the event.

Tickets are required. Each ticket admits one person and may be exchanged at the event for one signed edition of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green.  Tickets are the price of one book.

We strongly recommend that you pre purchase now by coming to Octavia Books or by calling us during store hours at 504-899-READ (7323). Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here. You must pay for your tickets at the time you reserve them. Tickets are non-refundable.

If you wish to purchase a signed edition without attending the event, or if you are purchasing tickets and also want to purchase additional signed books, you may order these at and write " signed copy - not attending" or "extra signed copy - attending" in the order comment area when checking out. Only copies purchased through Octavia Books will be signed.  



Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


John Green is a New York Times-bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join John’s 1.1 million followers on Twitter (@realjohngreen), or visit him online at John lives with his wife and son in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more."
- Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor-winning author of The Book Thief

"An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes-Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?-by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking."
- Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Sing You Home

"John Green writes incredible, honest truths about the secret, weird hearts of human beings. He makes me laugh and gasp at the beauty of a sentence or the twist of a tale. He is one of the best writers alive and I am seething with envy of his talent."
- E. Lockhart, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor-winning author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks and The Boyfriend List



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