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.

Rm 220 Presents: Eli Horowitz - Press Street HQ

October 29th, 2014

Rm 220 presents Eli Horowitz, Wednesday, October 29th at 7PM at the Press St. HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.). He’ll be reading from his latest work, The Silent History (FSG Originals, $16). Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site to sell books.

It begins as a statistical oddity: a spike in children born with acute speech delays. Physically normal in every way, these children never speak and do not respond to speech; they don’t learn to read, don’t learn to write. As the number of cases grows to an epidemic level, theories spread. Maybe it’s related to a popular antidepressant; maybe it’s environmental. Or maybe these children have special skills all their own.

The Silent History unfolds in a series of brief testimonials from parents, teachers, friends, doctors, cult leaders, profiteers, and impostors (everyone except, of course, the children themselves), documenting the growth of the so-called silent community into an elusive, enigmatic force in itself—alluring to some, threatening to others. Both a bold storytelling experiment and a propulsive reading experience, Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett’s The Silent History is at once thrilling, timely, and timeless.

Eli Horowitz was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s. He is the co-author of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of Ping-Pong; and The New World, a collaboration with Chris Adrian, forthcoming from FSG.

Press Street’s Room 220 is now a virtual clearing house for news about New Orleans book and literature culture. In addition to an extensive online presence, Room 220 hosts a variety of workshops, lectures, and events focusing on all things written.

Mamie Sterkx Gasperecz - Luxury, Inequity, & Yellow Fever: Living Legacies and the Story of Old New Orleans - Maple Street Book Shop

October 30th, 2014

Thursday, October 30th, at 6PM, Mamie Sterkx Gasperecz, the Executive Director of the Hermann-Grima & Gallier Historic Houses, will speak at Maple Street Book Shop about Kerri McCaffety’s new book, Luxury, Inequity, & Yellow Fever (Herman-Grima & Gallier Historic Houses, $45). Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever pairs majestic photographs of the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses with captivating historic accounts, offering us a direct connection to the turbulent times of New Orleans’ Golden Age.

The new book by acclaimed photographer and New Orleans native, Kerri McCaffety, features 152 pages of beautiful photographs and intriguing history that reveal intricate details about 19th century New Orleans—a time of wealth, romance, slavery, hurricanes and disease. In addition to the Hermann, Grima and Gallier families, McCaffety explores the lives of many who passed through these noteworthy homes, including slaves, Free People of Color, the ladies of The Woman’s Exchange and those currently keeping the legacy of the houses alive.

The Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses are not just important architectural landmarks, and their parlors are much more than just beautifully appointed rooms. They actively tell the story of the men who built them and the challenges they faced. The houses are owned by The Woman’s Exchange, whose mission is to continue the legacy of The Christian Woman’s Exchange, established in 1881. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses are leading authorities on historic preservation in the French Quarter, offering educational, entertaining and interactive programming in the world-renowned French Quarter.

First Tuesday Book Club (November) - Maple Street Book Shop

November 4th, 2014

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, November 4th, at 5:45PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Their November seletion is Touchstone by Laurie R. King. Newcomers are always welcome!

New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall in this gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions.

Once studied by British intelligence for his excruciating sensitivity to the world’s turmoil, Bennett Grey has withdrawn from the world—until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to assess Grey’s potential as a weapon in a new kind of warfare.

Agent Harris Stuyvesant needs Grey’s help to enter a realm where the rich and the radical exist side by side—a heady mix of power, celebrity, and sexuality that conceals the free world’s deadliest enemy. Soon Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and—even more dangerously—falling in love with another. As he sifts through secrets divulged and kept, he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy, and wonders if he can trust anyone, even his touchstone.

Reading Between the Wines - Pearl Wine Co.

November 5th, 2014

November’s Reading Between the Wines will take place Wednesday, November 5th, at 6:30PM at Pearl Wine Co. in the American Can Company (3700 Orleans Ave). It is the one year anniversary of the reading series and a selection of previously featured authors will be present to celebrate.

Past readers include:
George Bishop, David Armand, Chuck Hustmyre, Poppy Tooker, Elsa Hahne, Allison Alsup, Elizabeth Pearce, Richard Read, Lawrence Powell, Emily Clark, Rebecca Snedeker, Randy Fertel, Lisa Marie Brown, Carolyn Kolb, Farrah Rochon, Alice Kemp, Viola Russell (Susan Weaver), Rodger Kamenetz, Gina Ferrara, Errol Laborde, Peggy Scott Laborde, Kim Marie Vaz, Stephen Rea, Kit Wohl, Brad Richard, Melinda Palacio, Nik Richard, Marla Chirdon, Matt Sakakeeny, Joel Dinerstein, Sally Newhart, David Spielman, Bill Loehfelm, Chris Wiltz, Erica Spindler, J.M. (Jean) Redmann, Greg Herren, N.S. Patrick, Sally Asher, Sherry Lee Alexander, Stephanie Grace, Phil Sandusky, Laura Roach Dragon, Mike Schaefer, Lewis Aleman, and Robert Cerio.

Pearl offers a selection of wines for $5 per glass. The series is free of charge and is open to the public.

Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site selling books.

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 (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, $20) 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.

University Montessori School's Book Fair - Maple Street Book Shop

November 8th, 2014

Maple Street Book Shop will host University Montessori School’s Book Fair, Saturday, November 8th, 10AM-12PM at our shop. There will be snacks, crafts, and story time. Please join us!

20% of the weekend’s proceeds will go to University Montessori School.

Oliver Houck - Downstream Toward Home - Maple Street Book Shop

November 11th, 2014

Oliver Houck will be signing Downstream Toward Home (LSU Press, $35) at Maple Street Book Shop Tuesday, November 11th, at 6PM.

American rivers are among the most diverse and challenging in the world, and for many the excitement and escape they offer develops into a lifelong pursuit. In Downstream Toward Home, Oliver A. Houck recounts his six decades exploring America’s waterways, from unnamed creeks and Louisiana swamps to the rivers of western canyons and the Alaskan tundra. This engaging travelogue leads readers down over thirty-two rivers found across the country. Along the way Houck provides quiet observations as he finds footprints of red wolves on a sandbank or paddles through an aqueous forest of cypress trees. Collectively, these moments of adventure and introspection reveal his distinct and extraordinary vision of the national landscape. From the thrill of approaching rapids to the peace of resting on a shoal, Houck’s narrative draws from history and personal experience subtly to remind us how each body of water plays an outsized role in its surrounding environment. At once a journal, a primer, and a guide, Downstream Toward Home is an invitation to create our own experiences on America’s rivers.

1718 Society - Catherine Lacey - The Columns Hotel

November 11th, 2014

Catherine Lacey is the 1718 Society’s featured reader for November. She will read Tuesday, November 11th, at 7PM at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles Ave). 1718 Society is a literary organization made up of Loyola, Tulane, and UNO students. Their monthly readings are free and open to the public. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site selling books.

Catherine Lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing (FSG Originals, $14). Her work has been published by The New York Times, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, The Atlantic, Electric Literature’s Reccomended Reading and others. She has received fellowships from NYFA and Columbia University, where she earned an MFA in creative nonfiction. This fall she will be in residence at the OMI International Arts Center.

About Nobody is Ever Missing:
Without telling her family, Elyria takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan. As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her, Elyria hurtles into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers, and sleeping in fields, forests, and public parks. Her risky and often surreal encounters with the people and wildlife of New Zealand propel Elyria deeper into her deteriorating mind. Haunted by her sister’s death and consumed by an inner violence, her growing rage remains so expertly concealed that those who meet her sense nothing unwell. This discord between her inner and outer reality leads her to another obsession: If her truest self is invisible and unknowable to others, is she even alive? The risks Elyria takes on her journey are paralleled by the risks Catherine Lacey takes on the page. In URGENT, spiraling prose she whittles away at the rage within Elyria and exposes the very real, very knowable anxiety of the human condition. And yet somehow Lacey manages to poke fun at her unrelenting self-consciousness, her high-stakes search for the dark heart of the self. In the spirit of Haruki Murakami and Amelia Gray, Nobody Is Ever Missing is full of mordant humor and uncanny insights, as Elyria waffles between obsession and numbness in the face of love, loss, danger, and self-knowledge.

Rm 220 Presents: Wayne Curtis and Catherine Lacey - Press Street HQ

November 12th, 2014

Rm 220 Presents Wayne Curtis and Catherine Lacey

Wayne Curtis, author of The Last Great Walk (Rodale Books, $24.99), and Catherine Lacey, Nobody is Ever Missing (FSG Originals, $14), will be reading and signing Wednesday, November 12th, at Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave).

Wayne Curtis is a contributing editor at The Atlantic magazine. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Scholar, and This American Life. The author of And a Bottle of Rum, Curtis was named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year in 2002. He lives in New Orleans.

Catherine Lacey is the recipient of a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in Fiction Writing. She has published stories and nonfiction in McSweeney’s, Believer, The Atlantic, 52 Stories, and The Paris Review. In 2010 she cofounded 3B, a cooperative bed and breakfast in Brooklyn, New York. She earned an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and a BA from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site selling books.

Andi Eaton - New Orleans Style - Maple Street Book Shop

November 18th, 2014

Andi Eaton will be at Maple Street Book Shop Tuesday, November 18th, to read from and sign copies of New Orleans Style (History Press, $19.99).

After more than three hundred years, New Orleans style is not just sartorial but also venerable. A melting pot of cultures gives rise to the diverse fashion influences of French sophistication, Spanish exuberance and deep Creole roots. Classic trends like jazz style, the ebullient irreverence of Mardi Gras’ festive fashion and seersucker’s cool lines are quintessentially New Orleans. The local aesthetic established by the keen eyes at Maison Blanche and D.H. Holmes, master haberdashers at Rubesteins, milliners like Yvonne LaFleur and perfumers Hove Parfumeur formed a foundation on which the city’s rising stars reinvigorate and build a new fashion capital. Join author and designer Andi Eaton and discover the Big Easy’s stylish legacy and a new side of New Orleans.

The author, Andi Eaton, is a writer, designer of New Orleans womenswear line Hazel & Florange and founder of both the Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design and NOLA Fashion Week. Her blog Oui We Girl chronicles her personal style, travels and the stories of the Louisiana fashion community.

The foreword is written by Stephanie Granada, the style editor for Southern Living Magazine.

Morgan McCall Molthrop + Tina Freeman - Andrew Jackson's Playbook + Artist Spaces - Maple Street Book Shop

November 19th, 2014

Morgan McCall Molthrop and Tina Freeman will sign their books at Maple Street Book Shop Wednesday, November 19th, at 6PM.

In Andrew Jackson’s Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success (self published, $20), author Morgan McCall Molthrop examines surprising tactics and innovations that have contributed to New Orleans’ rapid recovery post-Katrina, suggesting that contemporary civic leaders have much in common with U.S. Gen. Andrew Jackson who soundly defeated the “invincible” British Army at the Battle of New Orleans 200 years ago.

Dozens of books have been written about New Orleans’s unique music, culture, and history, but Molthrop analyzes the city’s remarkable resilience from an entirely new perspective. He theorizes that the character traits, tactics and determination Gen. Jackson demonstrated in defeating the far better trained British army are the same characteristics that helped catapult the city’s post-Katrina recovery.

By interviewing a wide array of notable local sources, Molthrop juxtaposes events from 1815 with those of 2005, demonstrating unconventional attack plans that achieved improbable victories. Success tips are categorized with military terminology, including shoring up defenses, using guerrilla tactics, acting with bravado and never forgetting the prize. Readers can reap valuable life lessons along with a fascinating history lesson.

About Tina Freeman’s Artist Spaces:
Few artists have the luxury of separate work and living spaces, thus work and life often end up compressed into a singular personal environment. Artist Spaces, New Orleans provides a comprehensive portrait of the city’s artists and their relationship to space.

In more than one hundred extraordinary photos taken by Tina Freeman and more than a dozen artist interviews by Morgan Molthrop, Artist Spaces, New Orleans highlights the spaces of New Orleans art luminaries George Dureau, Ron Bechet, Ma-Po, Dawn Dedeaux, Elizabeth Shannon, Willie Birch, Ersy, David Halliday, Robert Tannen, Elenora “Rukiya” Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Amy Weiskopf, Keith Duncan, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, and graffiti artist “Fat Boy.”

The interviews and photos provide a perfect complement. While Freeman poetically captures an intensely personal vision of the artists and their spaces, Molthrop unearths what the most accomplished artists in the city have to say about their relationship to that space. What results is an indication that each artist’s style is often reflected in the quality, character, and aesthetic of their living/working environments—a striking illustration of how deeply personal, all-encompassing, and interconnected are life and art.

Sandy Althomsons - Inside a Refugee Crisis - Maple Street Book Shop

November 24th, 2014

Epidemiologist Sandy Althomsons will discuss her book Inside a Refugee Crisis: My Time in South Sudan (self published, $15.99), Monday, November 24th, at 6PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Comprised of raw, honest stories from her time in South Sudan with Doctors Without Borders Inside a Refugee Crisis intimately expresses the frustration and joys of a medical humanitarian mission in the midst of desperate conditions. Please join us.

Moira Crone - The Ice Garden - Maple Street Book Shop

December 4th, 2014

Moira Crone will be at Maple Street Book Shop December 4th at 6PM to read from and sign her new book, The Ice Garden (Carolina Wren Press, $18.95).

Ten-year-old Claire adores her brand-new baby sister, but her mother doesn’t feel the same. Trapped in the suffocating culture of the small-town South in the early 1960s, Claire’s mother tries to cope with her own mental illness and all the expectations placed upon a woman of her class. While Claire’s father remains too dazzled by his beautiful wife to recognize the impending dangers, Claire is left largely on her own to save herself and her baby sister—with mesmerizing and shocking consequences.

Moira Crone is the author of five books of fiction, including stories, and novels. She lives in New Orleans. Her works have appeared in dozens of anthologies and over forty magazines and journals.