• Story time this morning at 11:30 Miss Maureen reads the Cajun Gingerbread Boy!  2 days ago

  • Maple Street Book Shop open July 4, 11 - 5  24 days ago


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

July 26th, 2014

We’ll read The Cajun Gingerbread Boy by Berthe Amoss.

Down on the Bayou a Cajun mawmaw bakes a gingerbread boy who runs away. Everyone he meets says he smells good enough to eat but he just laughs and runs on. Until he meets a clever old crocodile…

The Runaway Beignet - Connie Collins Morgan - Maple Street Book Shop

August 2nd, 2014

Connie Collins Morgan will be reading and signing The Runaway Beignet Saturday, August 2nd, 11:30-1PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Please join us!

“Believe you me, I’m gonna get away! You not gonna taste this little beignet!”—Beignet Boy

In the heart of New Orleans lived an old baker named Marcel who made the most delicious beignets in the entire city. While his heart is filled with kindness, his home is cold and lonely. To repay some gratitude, a mysterious stranger grants Marcel a wish with his magic bag of sugar in this Louisiana-flavored retelling of a classic tale. Out of the sugared pastry pops the beignet boy with a penchant for trouble, who zips from Canal Street through Jackson Square and the French Market. His hilarious antics, a smattering of French phrases, and New Orleans cultural icons scattered like powdered sugar on the deliciously re-spun story will delight readers of all ages.

Illustrator Herb Leonhard brings this little beignet to life with a mischievous grin and a sprinkle of sugar. His images of New Orleans dance across the pages, bringing a true taste of the city to the story. Author Connie Collins Morgan draws upon her memories of life in Louisiana—and her favorite treats—to make this retelling stand apart from the rest with an infectious jazz beat and the sweet aroma of magic sugar in its wake.

First Tuesday Book Club (August) - Midnight in Peking

August 5th, 2014

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, August 5th at 5:45pm at our shop. Their August selection is Midnight in Peking. Newcomers are always welcome!

Winner of the both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger
Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, Midnight in Peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant. Based on seven years of research by historian and China expert Paul French, this true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.

George Gurtner - Cast of Characters - Maple Street Book Shop

August 16th, 2014

George Gurtner will be signing his book, Cast of Characters, Saturday, August 16th, 11-1PM, at our shop.

Cast of Characters comprises colorful true stories of life in and around the Big Easy. Selected from the column of the same name written for 35 years by George Gurtner in New Orleans Magazine, this collection of unusual people— from creative loners to lovable freaks and many gradations between— is testimony to why New Orleans continues to be the most interesting city in the country. Foreword by Erroll Laborde, photos accompanying most characters by Frank Methe. Gurtner writes lovingly and empathetically about each person, taking us into their weird, outrageous, inspirational and always very human lives. Inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and just plain oddballs, the cast includes several nuns, a sprinkling of severely disabled,and even a wonder horse. These are folks you will not likely ever forget, and though some are no longer with us, their lives are timeless, their memories quintessentially New Orleans! This is an easy to read and re-read book,with something for everyone.

Mark Powell - The Sheltering - Maple Street Book Shop

August 28th, 2014

Mark Powell will be reading from and signing his novel The Sheltering at our shop Thursday, August 28th, at 6PM.

Novelist Ron Rash has deemed Powell “the best Appalachian novelist of his generation.” In this, his fourth novel, Powell broadens the Southern backdrop of his earlier work into a sprawling thriller taking readers from the Middle East to Charleston, southern Georgia, Tampa, Miami, New Orleans, and into the storied American West. In its themes, perspectives, and pacing, The Sheltering recalls the work of Robert Stone, Jim Harrison, and Ben Fountain while further establishing Powell as a unique voice capable of interrogating unfathomable truths with a beauty and cohesion of language that challenges our assumptions of the human spirit.

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 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).

Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel 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.

Maple Street Book Shop's 50th Anniversary Weekend!

September 12th, 2014

SAVE THE DATES! Maple Street Book Shop will celebrate its 50th year in business with an anniversary weekend chock full of festivities, September 12th-14th.

Friday we’ll have a reception with the authors and local editor of Unfathomable City
Saturday will be kids’ day, with local children’s authors reading and signing, plus party games and prizes. And Sunday, we’ll host a mimosa brunch!

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.