Indies First on Small Business Saturday - Shop Indies Local

Amanda Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hill We Climb, Call Us What We Carry, the children’s picture book Change Sings, illustrated by Loren Long, as well as the upcoming picture book Something, Someday, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Gorman is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. In a groundbreaking collaboration with the Estée Lauder Companies as a Global Changemaker, she established the WRITING CHANGE initiative to support grassroots organizations dedicated to advancing literacy as a pathway to social change. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. Please visit her at or on Instagram @AmandaSCGorman.Please come out to celebrate Indies First this Small Business Saturday, happening all day at Octavia Books

We are featuring local authors volunteering as front-line booksellers and who will offer you book recommendations while also signing their own books. And, we will have some special free gifts, including Michael Storrings A Day at the Bookstore Tote Bags on purchases of $100 or more.

Photographer Richard Sexton and author Randolph Delehanty will kick off the day and sign copies of the new 30th anniversary edition of NEW ORLEANS: ELEGANCE AND DECADENCE from 10:00 p.m. till noon.

Author Karin Cecile Davidson will be on hand from noon till 1:30 to recommend books and sign copies of her recent 2 titles, The Geography of First Kisses and Sybelia Drive.

Children's book author and illustrator team Meredith Maltby Jao and Chishan Jao will join us from 1:30 till 3:30 and will be signing their fun new picture book, THE HESITANT HEDGEHOG. (See their website at

Thank you for choosing to shop local and for putting indies first during the holiday season and all year round!

Event date: 

Saturday, November 25, 2023 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence By Richard Sexton (Photographer), Randolph Delehanty Cover Image
By Richard Sexton (Photographer), Randolph Delehanty
ISBN: 9780764365980
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schiffer Publishing - June 28th, 2023

A best-selling contemporary classic reborn on the thirtieth anniversary of its original release.


New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence focuses on the interiors, furnishings, art collections, and gardens of a handful of creative people in New Orleans in the 1990s. Dreamers and urban pioneers, they included bohemian artists, artisans, architects, preservationists, activists, antiquarians, restaurateurs, and teachers, all living outside the American mainstream. They tolerated crumbling plaster, exposed lathe, and sagging galleries in exchange for communal festivity and joie de vivre.

The Hesitant Hedgehog By Meredith Maltby Jao, Chishan Jao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meredith Maltby Jao, Chishan Jao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9798988715511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jao Design Studio - August 7th, 2023

A heartwarming animal adventure tale with an unlikely hero -- for fans of Frog and Toad & Little Bear comes The Hesitant Hedgehog, the debut picture book from husband-and-wife team Meredith and Chishan Jao.

Hedgehog is a homebody. He's perfectly content to stay right where he is, until one day his excuses fall apart and he decides to go *gasp* OUTSIDE! It turns out that trying something new is not so bad - in fact, it's pretty fun, and he may have misjudged his woodland neighbors and their invitation to come out and play. Hedgehog returns to his beloved indoor activities with new eyes and maybe some new friends, too.

The Geography of First Kisses By Karin Cecile Davidson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952224256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kallisto Gaia Press - April 11th, 2023

In The Geography of First Kisses, one finds portrayals of quiet elegance reminiscent of early-20th-century art films.

Sybelia Drive By Karin Cecile Davidson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732895683
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Braddock Avenue Books - October 6th, 2020

Fiction. In the small lake town in Florida where LuLu, Rainey, and Saul are growing up, life is complicated by war, longing, and the sharp pain of conditional love.

Michael Storrings A Day at the Bookstore Reusable Shopping Bag By Galison, Michael Storrings (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Galison, Michael Storrings (By (artist))
ISBN: 9780735381469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Galison - September 26th, 2023

The Michael Storrings 'A Day At The Bookstore' Reusable Tote from Galison features the wonder and delight that can be found inside a bookstore. 

Get your free in-store at Octavia Books on Small Business Saturday with a purchase of $100 or more.

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