Maple Street Book Shop will be open its normal hours, 10-6PM, Labor Day, Monday, September 1st!


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.

Story Time with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at 11:30am at Maple Street Book Shop

August 30th, 2014

We’ll read My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown.

A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She’s loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won’t allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day… he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.

Each page is filled with “monstrous” details that will have kids reading the story again and again. Peter Brown takes a universal and timeless theme, and adds his own humorous spin to create another winner of a picture book.

First Tuesday Book Club (September) - Beautiful Ruins

September 2nd, 2014

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet at Maple Street Book Shop Tuesday, September 2nd at 5:45pm. Their September selection is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters. Newcomers are always welcome!

The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962…and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

Katy Simpson Smith - The Story of Land and Sea - The Columns

September 3rd, 2014

We are so honored to be hosting the launch party for Katy Simpson Smith’s novel, The Story of Land and Sea, at 7pm September 3rd at The Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles Avenue).
The Story of Land and Sea sparked a bidding war among ten publishing houses and was the talk of the Frankfurt Book Fair last fall. In its August issue, Vogue called it the debut novel of the year, and Michael Schaub for NPR stated that Smith “is absolutely a writer to watch.”

Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel is told in three parts, and follows three generations of family-fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.

Drawn to the ocean, ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father’s stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew. Since the loss of his wife Helen, John has remained land-bound for their daughter, but when Tab contracts yellow fever, he turns to the sea once more. Desperate to save his daughter, he takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her.

Years before, Helen herself was raised by a widowed father. Asa, the devout owner of a small plantation, gives his daughter a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Left largely on their own, Helen and Moll develop a close but uneasy companionship. Helen gradually takes over the running of the plantation as the girls grow up, but when she meets John, the pirate turned Continental soldier, she flouts convention and her father’s wishes by falling in love. Moll, meanwhile, is forced into marriage with a stranger. Her only solace is her son, Davy, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery.

In this elegant, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the lonely paths we travel in the name of renewal.

Hors d’oeuvres will be catered. Drinks can be procured at the hotel’s bar.

Maple Street Book Shop 50th Anniversary Weekend- Friday: Cocktails with contributing authors and the local editor of Unfathomable City

September 12th, 2014

As part of Maple Street Book Shop’s 50th Anniversary Weekend, Friday, September 12th, we’ll have cocktails at our shop at 7PM with the authors and local editor of the 2014 One Book One New Orleans selection, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas.

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. More than twenty essays assemble a chorus of vibrant voices, including geographers, scholars of sugar and bananas, the city’s remarkable musicians, prison activists, environmentalists, Arab and Native voices, and local experts, as well as the coauthors’ compelling contributions. Featuring 22 full-color two-page-spread maps, Unfathomable City plumbs the depths of this major tourist destination, pivotal scene of American history and culture and, most recently, site of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

The innovative maps’ precision and specificity shift our notions of the Mississippi, the Caribbean, Mardi Gras, jazz, soils and trees, generational roots, and many other subjects, and expand our ideas of how any city is imagined and experienced. Together with the inspired texts, they show New Orleans as both an imperiled city—by erosion, crime, corruption, and sea level rise—and an ageless city that lives in music as a form of cultural resistance. Compact, lively, and completely original, Unfathomable City takes readers on a tour that will forever change the way they think about place.

Rebecca Snedeker is the local editor of the book. Snedeker is an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker and writer whose work supports human rights, creative expression and her native city, New Orleans. Her New Day Films By Invitation Only and Land of Opportunity rupture cliches about life in the South.

Maple Street Book Shop's 50th Anniversary Weekend!

September 12th, 2014

2014 is Maple Street Book Shop’s 50th year in business! Maple Street Book Shop will celebrate its 50th year in business with an anniversary weekend chock full of festivities, September 12th & 13th. The 50th Anniversary is a celebration of the shop and our customers, and a fundraiser for local non-profit Big Class. 10% of the weekend’s proceeds will go to Big Class to support their mission to encourage New Orleans’ young writers!

Friday we’ll have a reception with the authors and local editor of Unfathomable City, compiled by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker.

Saturday is Children’s Day, with local children’s authors reading and signing, plus party crafts, games, and treats.

If you would like to share a story or memory about Maple Street Book Shop to be included on our website and in a commemorative 50th Anniversary booklet, please email it to us by September 8th at:

Maple Street Book Shop 50th Anniversary Weekend - Saturday: Children's Day!

September 13th, 2014

Please join us in honor of our 50th anniversary, Saturday, September 13th, as we celebrate our youngest customers and friends with a day of children’s events! We’ll have readings, signings, crafts, prizes, and delicious things to eat!

Ryan Murphy and Grace Millsaps, the authors of What the Sleepy Animals Do At the Audubon Zoo will read and sign their book and lead an animal mask-making craft.

We’ll lunch with Big Class, a local non-profit dedicated to cultivating and supporting the voices of New Orleans’ young writers.

Storyteller Dianne de Las Casas will read her latest picture book Cinderellaphant, which is a new twist on a classic tale, and everyone will get to decorate their very own crown!

Kid Chef Eliana will talk about her cookbooks, Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana and Cool Kids Cook: Fresh and Fit, and do a cooking demo for us!

Johnette Downing - Macarooned on a Dessert Island - Maple Street Book Shop

October 11th, 2014

Johnette Downing will be reading and signing her latest book, Macarooned on a Dessert Island, Saturday, October 11th, 11:30-1PM. Join us for what’s sure to be a sweet and delicious time!

A delightful tale of cake, candy, and sweets, this mouthwatering daydream takes you to a magical island where every bit is edible. Sprinkled with cupcake flowers and lollipop trees, this is a land where happiness grows. Even in the land of desserts, healthy snacks abound—fruits, veggies, and more. Punny images and lighthearted verse encourage children to invent an original world of fantasy, fancy, and fun. This is the perfect bedtime story to reawaken a child’s imagination and rekindle family reading time. Rich, dynamic images and playful rhyme serve the reader a dish of fun with a cherry on top. Illustrations create a visual candy land for the eyes by capturing the confectionary details of each sweet treat. The book even includes a scavenger hunt and a recipe for “Easy Breezy Berry Blast.” Yum!

James Nolan - You Don't Know Me - Maple Street Book Shop

November 6th, 2014

James Nolan will be reading and signing You Don’t Know Me at Maple Street Book Shop Thursday, November 6th, at 6PM.

In this collection of interrelated short stories, James Nolan swings wide open the courtyard gates of a city fabled both for its good times and bad. With ten new stories plus ten from his acclaimed previous volume, Perpetual Care, he introduces us to a quirky village of universal characters at crisis moments: white, black, and Hispanic; young, middle-aged, and elderly; straight and gay; women and men. We meet fatherless boys, Creole spinsters, and lying hustlers, a pregnant teenager, a concert pianist searching for his roots, a crooked homicide detective, a Carnival-parade king hiding in a Dunkin’ Donuts, a pistol-packing babysitter, and a codger who plots to blow up an overpass. Bookended by two post-Katrina stories, this collection takes us from the secretive hive of the French Quarter to decaying cemeteries, from Gentilly to Uptown to family dramas in the suburbs. With mordant dark humor, James Nolan paints a wry, disturbing but affectionately human portrait of his hometown for those who think they already know New Orleans, and what it means. But until you turn the addictive pages of these stories, you don’t—not really.