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.

Morgan McCall Molthrop & Ronald Drez - Andrew Jackson's Playbook & The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception - Maple Street Book Shop

January 28th, 2015

Morgan McCall Molthrop & Ronald Drez will be at Maple Street Book Shop, Wednesday, January 28th, at 6PM to read from and sign their respective books, Andrew Jackson’s Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success and The War of 1812.

In Andrew Jackson’s Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success, author Morgan McCall Molthrop examines surprising tactics and innovations that have contributed to the city’s rapid recovery, 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.

According to author Ronald J. Drez, the British strategy and the successful defense of New Orleans through the leadership of General Andrew Jackson affirm the serious implications of the battle of New Orleans. Far from being simply an unnecessary epilogue to the War of 1812, this climactic-battle firmly secured for the United States the territory acquired through the Louisiana Purchase.

Through the use of primary sources, Drez provides a deeper understanding of Britain’s objectives and offers a compelling account of this pivotal moment in American history.

Ann Benoit - New Orleans' Best Ethnic Restaurants - Nix Library

January 29th, 2015

Ann Benoit will be doing a reading from and signing her book New Orleans’ Best Ethnic Restaurants at the Nix Library (1401 S. Carrollton) on January 29 at 6:30 PM. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site as the bookseller for the event.

Bounce along this fun-filled culinary tour of New Orleans’ top 100 ethnic restaurants. Romp your way from Eastern European pop-ups to Brazilian churras winding through American ethnic and the Restaurateurs Dilemma, as you travel among lively native stories, unusual suppliers and ingredients, fairs, festivals, scrumptious recipes and easily some of the best food photography produced in the city today.

A history, a cookbook and a new culinary atlas for your next trip to the amazing ethic food of fabulous New Orleans or your guidebook to culinary tourism in your own town!

ANN BENOIT is a commercial food photographer and culinary writer native to New Orleans and author of the highly acclaimed Broussard’s Restaurant and Courtyard Cookbook and New Orleans Best Ethnic Restaurants. She is the photographer of Magic In A Shaker by Marvin Allen. Her fine art photography has been exhibited at the PhotoNola show at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her photos have appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, as well as Gambit, Amelie G and SEVEN Magazine. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the American Culinary Federation, the James Beard Foundation and the American Society of Media Photographers.

1718 Society (February) - Jami Attenberg - The Columns

February 3rd, 2015

Jami Attenberg is 1718’s February reader. She’ll speak Tuesday, February 3rd, at 7PM at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles Avenue).

1718 Society is a literary organization comprised of Tulane, Loyola, and UNO students. They hold monthly readings, which are free and open to the public, the first Tuesday of each month at The Columns Hotel. Maple Street Book shop will be on-site to sell books.

Jami Attenberg is the author of the novels The Middlesteins, The Melting Season, The Kept Man and of the story collection Instant Love. She has written for The New York Times, New York, Salon, Nylon, Print, Nerve, and others. Chicago native, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her most recent work, Saint Mazie, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in June.

The First Tuesday Book Club (February) - Tolstoy & the Purple Chair - Maple Street Book Shop

February 3rd, 2015

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet to discuss Tolstoy & the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch February 3rd, at 5:45PM at Maple Street Book Shop.

Nina Sankovitch has always been a reader. As a child, she discovered that a trip to the local bookmobile with her sisters was more exhilarating than a ride at the carnival. Books were the glue that held her immigrant family together. When Nina’s eldest sister died at the age of forty-six, Nina turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection. In her beloved purple chair, she rediscovered the magic of such writers as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and, of course, Leo Tolstoy. Through the connections Nina made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy.

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair also tells the story of the Sankovitch family: Nina’s father, who barely escaped death in Belarus during World War II; her four rambunctious children, who offer up their own book recommendations while helping out with the cooking and cleaning; and Anne-Marie, her oldest sister and idol, with whom Nina shared the pleasure of books, even in her last moments of life. In our lightning-paced culture that encourages us to seek more, bigger, and better things, Nina’s daring journey shows how we can deepen the quality of our everyday lives—if we only find the time.

Johnette Downing and Jennifer Lindsley - The Fifolet - Maple Street Book Shop

February 21st, 2015

Please join us Saturday, February 21st, at 11:30 AM to 1 PM, when Johnette Downing and Jennifer Lindsley will be reading from and signing their new book, Fifolet.

Down by the swamp, where alligators roam, legend says a treasure is buried out past the water on the edge of the beach. To find this prize, follow the fifolet as it bounces and bounds across the bayou, bright and blue against the dark water below. Just as quick as it comes, the light disappears, faster than you can say “will-o’-the-wisp.”

Monsieur Jean-Paul Pierre fishes in Atchafalaya from sunrise to sunset, and he loves nothing more than nets bursting with fish and bushels overflowing with crabs. Even though he takes home so much, he does not share. Mountains of fresh seafood cannot keep greedy Jean-Paul from wanting more; this time he has his heart set on the fifolet’s buried treasure. Following the dancing bayou sprite, Monsieur Pierre hopes to find riches beyond belief. This is where the story of the fifolet begins, but for Jean-Paul, the tale never ends.