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.

Peter Cooley - Night Bus To The Afterlife - 1718 Society (Columns Hotel)

October 6th, 2015

On October 6th at 7PM, the 1718 Society will host a reading by Peter Cooley, recently named poet laureate of Louisiana, at the Columns Hotel. Maple Street Book Shop will be on hand, selling copies of Peter Cooley’s books.

With the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans his initial subject, Cooley meditates on transience and mortality as he moves through the landscape of the Gulf South, the sky and his inner weather reflecting one another.

Poet and editor Peter Cooley was born and raised in Detroit. He earned a BA at Shimer College, an MA at the University of Chicago, and a PhD at the University of Iowa. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Divine Margins (2009), A Place Made of Starlight (2003), and The Astonished Hours (1992). His poems have been widely anthologized in collections such as Best American Poetry (2002) and Poets on Place (2005).

Cooley served as poetry editor for the North American Review from 1970 to 2000. He teaches at Tulane University. He lives in New Orleans.

Margaret Eby - South Toward Home - Maple Street Book Shop

October 7th, 2015

Please join us on Wednesday, October 7, at 6PM when we will have Margaret Eby at the book store. She’s the author of “South Toward Home,” a literary travelogue into the heart of classic Southern literature.

What is it about the South that has inspired so much of America’s greatest literature? And why, when we think of Flannery O’Connor or William Faulkner or Harper Lee, do we think of them not just as writers, but as Southern writers? In South Toward Home, Margaret Eby-herself a Southerner-travels through the South in search of answers to these questions, visiting the hometowns and stomping grounds of some of our most beloved authors. From Mississippi (William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright) to Alabama (Harper Lee, Truman Capote) to Georgia (Flannery O’Connor, Harry Crews) and beyond, Eby looks deeply at the places that these authors lived in and wrote about. South Toward Home reveals how these authors took the people and places they knew best and transmuted them into lasting literature.

Margaret Eby is a journalist and critic who writes about books, movies, music, television, and various cultural ephemera. She currently works as the features and essays editor at HelloGiggles, an incubator for young women journalists. Previously, she was associate editor at Brooklyn Magazine and The L Magazine, and an online books editor and entertainment and arts reporter for The New York Daily News.
She has written forVanity Fair, Salon, Slate, Bookforum, The New Yorker, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Hello Giggles, The AV Club, The Next American City, Print Magazine, Flavorwire, The Paris Review Daily, The Forward, and The LA Times, among other publications.

Jennifer Schreiber - Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park - Maple Street Book Shop

October 24th, 2015

Please join us on Saturday, October 24, at 11:30 AM, when Jennifer Schreiber will be reading from and signing copies of her new book, “Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park.”

“Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park” is a children’s book that features a group of dog friends who gather daily at their neighborhood dog park, Jelly Roll, in New Orleans. It’s Monday and a new dog, Muttley, arrives at the park. Ostracized by the group because he isn’t a purebred, Muttley is consoled and mentored by Jelly Roll’s guardian angel, Daisy Mae the bulldog, who is a former friend of the in-crowd at the park. It is through discovering his own strengths that Muttley is able to rise above the bullying and earn the respect of the other dogs.

Nick Holdstock - The Casualties - Maple Street Book Shop

October 28th, 2015

On Wednesday, October 28, at 6PM, we will be hosting Nick Holdstock at the shop, all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland! He will be reading from and signing copies of his new novel, “The Casualties.”

In Nick Holdstock’s The Casualties, a man recounts the final weeks of his neighborhood before the apocalyptic event that only a few of the eccentric residents will survive.

Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac, a man who lives under a bridge, a girl with a cracked face. He wants to uncover their histories because he has secrets of his own. He believes, as people do, that he is able to change. He believes, as the whole world does, that there is plenty of time to solve his problems. But Samuel Clark and the rest of the world are wrong. Change and tragedy are going to scream into his and everyone’s lives. It will be a great transformation, a radical change; and it just might be worth the cost.
Written by a rising literary star whose work has been published in notoriously selective publications such as n+1 and The Southern Review, The Casualties is an ambitious debut novel that explores how we see ourselves, our past and our possible futures. It asks the biggest question: How can we be saved?

Jami Attenberg - Saint Mazie - Maple Street Book Shop

October 29th, 2015

Please join us on Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 PM, when we welcome back Jami Attenberg! She will be reading from and signing her new book, “Saint Mazie.”

Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she’s the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.

When the Great Depression hits, Mazie’s life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won’t help them, then who? When she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, this ticket taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city.

Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it’s discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.

Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in Joseph Mitchell’s classic Up in the Old Hotel, SAINT MAZIE is infused with Jami Attenberg’s signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie’s rise to “sainthood”—and her irrepressible spirit—is unforgettable.

Mukoma wa Ngugi - Mrs. Shaw: A Novel - 1718 Society (Columns Hotel)

November 3rd, 2015

On Tuesday, November 3rd, at 7PM The 1718 Society will be hosting Mukoma wa Ngogi, Author of “Mrs. Shaw: A Novel” at the Columns Hotel. Maple Street Book Shop will be selling books at the event.

In the fictional East African Kwatee Republic of the 1990s, the dictatorship is about to fall, and the nation’s exiles are preparing to return. One of these exiles, a young man named Kalumba, is a graduate student in the United States, where he encounters Mrs. Shaw, a professor emerita and former British settler who fled Kwatee’s postcolonial political and social turmoil. Kalumba’s girlfriend, too, is an exile: a Puerto Rican nationalist like her imprisoned father, she is an outcast from the island. Brought together by a history of violence and betrayals, all three are seeking a way of regaining their humanity, connecting with each other, and learning to make a life in a new land. Kalumba and Mrs. Shaw, in particular, are linked by a past rooted in colonial and postcolonial violence, yet they are separated by their differing accounts of what really happened.

The memory of each is subject to certain lapses, whether selective or genuine. Even when they agree on the facts, be they acts of love, of betrayal, or of violence, each narrator shapes the story in his or her own way, by what is left in and what is left out, by what is remembered and what is forgotten.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an assistant professor of English at Cornell University and the author of Nairobi Heat, Black Star Nairobi, and Hurling Words at Consciousness. In 2014, Buchkultur named the German translation of Nairobi Heat the Crime Book of the Season. In 2009, Mukoma was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing and in 2010 for the Penguin Prize for African Writing for his manuscript The First and Second Books of Transition, which became Mrs. Shaw.

Michael Allen Zell and Adrian Van Young - Maple Street Book Shop

November 4th, 2015

On Wednesday, November 4th, at 6:30 PM, Michael Allen Zell will be at Maple Street Book Shop reading from and signing copies of his new book, “Run Baby Run.” Joining him will be Adrian Van Young. Adrian is the author, most recently, of “The Man Who Noticed Everything.”

Criminologist Bobby Delery has just returned to New Orleans after decades away, and NOPD is begging for his help to find almost a million dollars stolen from a French Quarter club. He’s only one of many after the money, though. Thieves, church-goers and everyone else ride the sweaty pace from the Ninth Ward to the foot of Canal Street.
With Run Baby Run’s compelling mix of gritty realism and dark humor, Michael Allen Zell inaugurates the Bobby Delery series and does for New Orleans what Chester Himes did for Harlem and Dashiell Hammett did for San Francisco.

Johnette Downing - Louisiana is the Jewel of the Deep South - Maple Street Book Shop

November 7th, 2015

Please join us on Saturday, November 7, at 11:30 AM, when we will be hosting Johnette Downing, who will be reading from and signing her 3 new books, “Louisiana is the Jewel of the Deep South,” “Ten Gators in the Bed,” and “Bugs on the Rug.”

Acclaimed musician, singer, and author Johnette Downing once again shares her reverence for the Pelican State with young readers. In Louisiana, the Jewel of the Deep South, Downing combines all of the unique and historical facts about the state into a delightful and educational picture book. Originally penned as a song by the same name, the book serves as a child’s introduction to the state’s symbols, realized in both the melodious text and the earthy illustrations.

From the humble crawfish to the soaring brown pelican, the howling Catahoula to the bashful black bear, Downing familiarizes children with many interesting facts about their home. The iconic images of Louisiana are captured in abundant illustrations, which embody the bountiful cultural history of the state. Awash in color, detail, and accuracy, the artwork brings the state’s history to life!

Erin Seidemann - Postcards From The Sky - Maple Street Bookshop

November 11th, 2015

On Wednesday, November 11th, at 6:30 PM, we will have Erin Seidemann at the store reading from and signing copies of her new memoir, “Postcards from the Sky.”

The aviation world is a man’s world-it always has been, and it continues to be so today. In fact, women make up a mere 5 to 6 percent of the total pilot population worldwide. But from the first time Erin Seidemann experienced what it was like to see the world from a small plane’s perspective, she was hooked-and she’s spent much of her time since then fighting her way into becoming one of that 5 to 6 percent. Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix tells of the struggles and adventures one encounters as a woman in the male-dominated space of aviation. With humor and equanimity, Seidemann recounts her varied experiences as a female pilot-from the chauvinistic flight instructor she makes the mistake of falling in love with to the many, many customs agents who insist she can’t possibly be her plane’s owner (“Where’s your boyfriend?”)-while at the same time giving insight about just what makes flying so incredible . . . and so very addictive. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Postcards from the Sky is an entertaining foray into a world few women have dared enter.

Tamara Ellis - Another Kind of Hurricane - Maple Street Book Shop

November 14th, 2015

Please join us on Saturday, November 14th, at 11:30 AM, when we will have Tamara Ellis reading from and signing copies of her book, Another Kind of Hurricane.

In this stunning debut novel, two very different characters – a black boy who loses his home in Hurricane Katrina and a white boy in Vermont who loses his best friend in a tragic accident – come together to find healing.

A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble. How they intertwine is at the heart of this beautiful, poignant book. When ten-year-old Zavion loses his home in Hurricane Katrina, he and his father are forced to flee to Baton Rouge. And when Henry, a ten-year-old boy in northern Vermont, tragically loses his best friend, Wayne, he flees to ravaged New Orleans to help with hurricane relief efforts – and to search for a marble that was in the pocket of a pair of jeans donated to the Red Cross.

Rich with imagery and crackling with hope, this is the unforgettable story of how lives connect in unexpected, even magical, ways.