New Orleans Authors Putting Indies First on Small Business Saturday

Octavia Books is pleased to announce that we are hosting nine outstanding local authors as guest booksellers on Small Business Saturday, November 30.  Each author will be chatting with customers and recommending favorite books and will be happy to talk about and sign their own books as well.  Carolyn Kolb begins the first shift at 10:30 a.m., and will be signing her new book, NEW ORLEANS MEMORIES: One Writer's CityRebecca Snedeker, whose book UNFATHOMABLE CITY was just released this month, will begin her shift at Noon. George Bishop,  author of the novel THE NIGHT OF THE COMET, and Randy Fertel, THE GORILLA MAN AND THE EMPRESS OF STEAK, will arrive at 1:00 p.m., followed by Tom Sancton, SONG FOR MY FATHERS, and Sylvaine Sancton, SOME BIRDS at 2:00 p.m. Lawrence Powell, author of  THE ACCIDENTAL CITY, a history of the city from its founding through statehood, will arrive for his shift at 3:00 p.m. Ryan Murphy and Grace Millsaps, author of the new children's picture book, WHAT THE SLEEPY ANIMALS DO AT THE AUDUBON ZOO, will come at 4:00 p.m.

Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 30, Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.

Indies First also encourages authors—and anybody who wants to sell a book through a website—to make the indie “Buy” button the FIRST among all e-retailer choices on their websites.  Other participating Indies First stores and authors across the nation may be found on

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is a day dedicated to helping support the local businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods.  Last year, U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.5 billion with independently-owned businesses on the day, based on the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, making a big impact on local communities. 

Along with its other Small Business Saturday activities, Octavia Books, in conjunction with Stay Local, will being giving away five $25 American Express gift cards to the first customers to spend $200 or more. Octavia Books is launching a Thanks for Shopping Indie 2013 campaign on Small Business Saturday featuring specials on over 85 favorite titles from 2013 (see list at

A listing of  Small Business Saturday activities all over New Orleans can be found at


Event date: 

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
New Orleans Memories: One Writer's City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617038839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - September 18th, 2013

Carolyn Kolb provides a delightful and detailed look into the heart of her city, New Orleans.

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520274044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of California Press - November 18th, 2013

Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions.

The Night of the Comet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345516008
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - July 30th, 2013


From the acclaimed author of Letter to My Daughter comes an engrossing coming-of-age tale that deftly conveys the hopes and heartaches of adolescence and the unfulfilled dreams that divide a family, played out against the backdrop of a small southern town in 1973.

The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617030826
Availability: Special Order. May not be available. Call the store for details.
Published: University Press of Mississippi - September 2nd, 2011

The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak is the story of two larger-than-life characters and the son whom their lives helped to shape. Ruth Fertel was a petite, smart, tough-as-nails blonde with a weakness for rogues, who founded the Ruth's Chris Steak House empire almost by accident.

Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590513767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Other Press - April 20th, 2010

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until Preservation Hall launched a nationwide revival of interest in traditional jazz.

Some Birds . . . Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455618637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - August 29th, 2013

With gentle humor and a skilled eye, author and photographer Sylvaine Sancton captures birds of South Louisiana at rest and at play in their natural habitat. Featuring funny and fresh photographs of great blue herons, wood ducks, brown pelicans, black swans, and more, this charming book is for the young and the young at heart.

The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674725904
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harvard University Press - October 14th, 2013

This is the story of a city that shouldn't exist. In the seventeenth century, what is now America's most beguiling metropolis was nothing more than a swamp: prone to flooding, infested with snakes, battered by hurricanes.

What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780988760301
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Sleepy Animals LLC - July 15th, 2013

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