Throughout the year Maple Street Book Shop hosts authors for book signings, readings and other events. We provide drinks and refreshments at book signings for the comfort of our authors and customers. If you can’t make it to a book signing, but would like a signed copy of the book, we’ll be happy to take your order over the phone or via our new online service, have the book signed, and ship it to you.

And if you’re interested, watch for our story times and other kids events listed on New Orleans Macaroni Kid.

Adam Crittenden - Stacey Balkun - Sara Slaughter - Maple Street Book Shop

June 23rd, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, June 23, at 6PM, when we will have poets Adam Crittenden, Stacey Balkun, and Sara Slaughter.

Adam Crittenden holds an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University and serves as an editor for Lingerpost and Puerto del Sol. His work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Barn Owl Review, Bayou Magazine, Metazen, Matter Press, > kill author, and other journals. He currently teaches writing in Albuquerque. His new book of poetry is Blood Eagle.

Stacey Balkun is the author of two chapbooks, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl press 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ Publications 2016). She received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at

Sara Slaughter is editor of Antenna’s Room 220: New Orleans Book and Literary News. Her writing has appeared in The Cortland Review, New World Writing, PANK, and other publications. She is the author of Upriver, a chapbook of prose poems and woodcuts.

Julie Byrne - The Other Catholics - Maple Street Book Shop

July 12th, 2016

Please join us on Tuesday, July 12, at 6PM, when we will be hosting Julie Byrne, the author of the new book, “The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion.”

Independent Catholics are not formally connected to the pope in Rome. They practice apostolic succession, seven sacraments, and devotion to the saints. But without a pope, they can change quickly and experiment freely, with some affirming communion for the divorced, women’s ordination, clerical marriage, and same-sex marriage. From early modern origins to contemporary US proliferation, these “other Catholics” represent an unusually liberal, mobile, and creative version of America’s largest religion.

In The Other Catholics, Julie Byrne shares the remarkable history and current activity of independent Catholics, who number at least two hundred communities and a million members across the U.S. There are numerous independent Catholics in New Orleans, as well as progressive people of all backgrounds interested in progressive religion of all kinds.

Maple Street Book Club: July - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers

July 14th, 2016

The sixth meeting of the Maple Street Book Shop is Thursday, July 14, at 6 PM at the Maple Street Book Shop.

This month we will have local author Rien Fertel as guest facilitator, and he’s picked “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter“ by Carson McCullers.

The book club choice will be available at 10% off at the store. Refreshments will be served.

Rien Fertel is a Louisiana-born and based writer, historian, and teacher. He grew up in his family’s chain of restaurants across the country, and, after graduating from college, ran a grocery-deli in downtown New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina exiled him to New York, where he started writing about food. His work has appeared in “Oxford American”, “Garden & Gun”, “Southern Living”, “Spirit”, “Saveur”, “The Local Palate”, and many other publications. He holds a PhD in History, teaches in New Orleans, and divides his time between the banks of the Mississippi River and a 100-plus year old church in St. Martinville, Louisiana. He is the author of the new book. “The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog

From the publisher:

“With the publication of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters’ inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers’ finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer’s mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book’s heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated — and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability “to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness.” She writes “with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming,” said the New York Times. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.”

Yuri Herrera - Transmigration of Bodies - Maple Street Book Shop

July 20th, 2016

Please join us on Wednesday, July 20, at 6 PM, when we will welcome back Yuri Herrera to celebrate the release of his newly translated book, The Transmigration of Bodies. Yuri will be reading from (in both Spanish and English) and signing copies of the book. His previous book, Signs Preceding the End of the World, recently won the Best Translated Book Award, and will also be available.

Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, was published to great critical acclaim in 2015 and included in many Best-of-Year lists, including The Guardian’s Best Fiction and NBC News’s Ten Great Latino Books. He is currently teaching at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans.

From the publisher:

A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace. Both his instincts and the vacant streets warn him to stay indoors, but The Redeemer ventures out into the city’s underbelly to arrange for the exchange of the bodies they hold hostage.

Yuri Herrera’s novel is a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico. With echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Roberto Bolano and Raymond Chandler, The Transmigration of Bodies is a noirish tragedy and a tribute to those bodies – loved, sanctified, lusted after, and defiled – that violent crime has touched.