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


Event date: 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us when Chris Perondi - the #1 stunt dog tricks master trainer in the country -comes to Octavia Books to present THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER. Besides shring hisown story, Perondi will bring out cover dog Vinny Valentino to performing tricks from this indispensable, step-by-step guide featuring 118 tricks that strengthen the bond between owner and dog—and impress all who watch.

Please note that this program is for dog owners to attend -please  do not bring your dog to the event.

Chris Perondi runs Stunt Dog Productions which performs over 1,000 live shows every year with dogs rescued from pounds and shelters. He has appeared nationally on Oprah WinfreyThe Today Show and Ellen DeGeneres.

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. 


Event date: 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Join us when L. Kevin Coleman presents his novel, DIFFERENT SPRINGS. He will begin with a brief flamenco guitar presentation accompanied by a flamenco dancer, followed by a reading and signing.

A theft followed by murderous ambushes in Morocco; a former mullah awakened in the predawn darkness by the voice of his long dead wife in Iran; a successful trial lawyer dead of an apparent heart attack and a police captain found shot to death in New Orleans. Attorney Owen Macauley is about to find himself at the center of the vortex created by these events, a place where two families and their histories are about to be entwined, and where his own past will have to be confronted as it becomes linked to theirs.

Coleman will take you on a thrilling journey from New Orleans, to Spain and the Middle East.

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: 

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.


"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


Bruce Spizer - Beatles for Sale on Parlophone Records

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans

Please join us for a presentation and booksigning with New Orleans-based Beatles expert Bruce Spizer featuring his new book, Beatles for Sale on Parlophone Records.

Local singer/guitarist Joe Barbara will also join us to perform all of our favorite Beatles favorites.

It all coincides with the 49th anniversary of the Beatles first record, “Love Me Do,” -- released on Parlophone 4949.


Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records covers all of the singles, albums and extended play discs issued by the Beatles in the U.K. from 1962 through 1970. Each record is given a separate chapter, which tells the stories behind how the songs appearing on the disc were written and recorded. The chapters also detail how the records were marketed and contain sales and chart information. The book has chapters on the history of EMI and Parlophone Records, how records are mastered and manufactured, how EMI contracted with other record companies to press Beatles singles and albums to help meet demand, British radio and record charts in the sixties and other record-related topics. The book has over 700 illustrations, all in either color or original black and white.


“I don’t know of a better single-volume history of The Beatles’ recordings” -William King, Beatlefan Magazine

“A must-have for your Beatles bookshelf” -Tom Frangione, BeatleBrunch


Bruce Spizer, a New Orleans tax attorney, is a first generation Beatles fan. He has an extensive Beatles collection, concentrating primarily on United States and Canadian first issue records, record promotional items, press kits and concert posters. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay, TheBeatles’ Story on Capitol Records Parts 1 & 2, The Beatles on Apple Records, The Beatles Solo on Apple Records, The Beatles Swan Song: “She Loves You” & Other Records, and The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America.



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