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.

Captain Deadeye - The Bully Shark - Dianne De Las Casas and John Couret

March 4th, 2017

Please join us on Saturday, March 4th, from 11:30 AM – 1PM, when we will have Dianne De Las Casas and John Couret reading from and signing their new book, Captain Deadeye – The Bully Shark!

Dianne de Las Casas’ NEWEST book co-authored with John Couret is Captain Deadeye: The Bully Shark, illustrated by the talented Stefan Jolet. It is coming soon as part of an anti-bully pirate chapter book series! John is bullied at school by a boy named Shark. Because of John’s lazy eye, Shark gives him the nickname “Deadeye John.” To cheer him up, John’s mom sends him on a treasure hunt, where he finds a chest full of goodies. He reaches inside and pulls out an eye patch and a pirate hat. He becomes “Captain Deadeye, Master of the Seven Seas.” Through his pirate adventures battling a raging storm; facing his nemesis, Captain Blackheart; and confronting a monstrous bull shark, he finds the courage to stand up to his real-life bully at school.

Maple Street Book Club: A Fairly Honourable Defeat

March 9th, 2017

For the March meeting of the book club we will read A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch. Gladin Scott will act as facilitator for this meeting.

In A Fairly Honourable Defeat, a dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate through a Machiavellian experiment how easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray their loyalties. As puppet master, Julius artfully plays on the human tendency to embrace drama and intrigue and to prefer the distraction of confrontations to the difficult effort of communicating openly and honestly.

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch (July 15, 1919 – February 8, 1999) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher, famed for her series of novels that combine rich characterization and compelling plotlines usually involving ethical or sexual themes.

The book club choice will be available at 10% off at the store. Refreshments will be served. No sign-up is necessary to attend the club.

Vernon Smith - The Littlest Streetcar

March 11th, 2017

Please join us on Saturday, March 11, from 11:30 AM – 1 PM, when we will have Vernon Smith in the store! They will be signing copies of and reading from “The Littlest Streetcar.”

Charlie is a maintenance streetcar. He is small and clunky and definitely not as shiny as the other cars. He spends his days laying sand on the rail lines or repairing the more popular streetcars. He doesn’t feel valued or liked by the other streetcars, and his hard work is often overlooked. It takes a series of emergencies for the other cars to learn that sometimes the person you never notice is exactly the person you need! Author and illustrator Vernon Smith takes his love of iconic New Orleans streetcars to another level in this picture book for everyone who has ever felt left out or ignored. Charlie might be different from the other streetcars, but being different is what makes him special.

Vernon Smith has been creating art since he was able to hold a pencil. He provides graphics for a wide variety of businesses through his studio, MacFearsome Comic Squares. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Smith earned a BFA from the University of New Orleans. He has worked on several comic-book series, including his own The Adventures of Dexter Breakfast and the successfully crowd-funded Hide. When not creating, Smith focuses on his most important role-being a father.

Dragons - Melissa Dickey

March 14th, 2017

Please join us on Tuesday, March 14, at 6PM, when we will have Melissa Dickey at the store, reading from and signing copies of her new book, Dragons.

Melissa Dickey’s rending and sparely lyric second collection, Dragons, moves in five exacting suites. Or should we call them acts? These long poems are cobbled between self and selves, in the fleshed halo of space that separates even the closest kin: cousin and cousin, mother and child, husband and wife. The speaker, though often an actor in someone else’s scene, moves keenly aware of the agency in devotion, on which the rest depends: “I did what they said: Hold your baby. Give her a kiss. I did what they said I did what they said I did.” Dickey shows us life in flickers, and the beauty and terror of these poems stream by in potent, portentous moments: “He says I should be worried/ about the dragons in the White House./ He says I should be worried/for my children./ Don’t you love that baby more than anything else in the world?/ I said: There are good dragons and bad dragons.”

Melissa Dickey is the author of Dragons (2016) and The Lily Will (2011), both from Rescue Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Sundog Lit, and KROnline. She lives in Deerfield, MA, with her husband and three children.

Chicory and Roux: The Creole Mouse & The Cajun Mouse - Todd Michael St. Pierre

March 18th, 2017

Please join us on Saturday, March 18th, from 11:30 when Todd Michael St. Pierre will be at the store, reading from and signing copies of his new book Chicory and Roux: The Creole Mouse & The Cajun Mouse!

Sophisticated city mouse Chicory never imagined she would venture beyond her elegant Creole home in New Orleans-until she falls asleep in a picnic basket and wakes up in the Cajun swamps! There she meets Roux, a simple country mouse, and together they experience the bucolic bayou life. Chicory persuades Roux to see what the city has to offer, and they journey to New Orleans for a taste of Creole culture. Idyllic picnics and lavish white-linen luncheons offer both delights and frights in this Southern retelling of Aesop’s classic fable. Whimsical illustrations and two original songs make this a story you won’t forget!

Room 220 presents: Jami Attenberg - All Grown Up

April 6th, 2017

ROOM 220 hosts the book launch for Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at Saturn Bar (3067 St. Claude Avenue). Zachary Lazar will interview Attenberg after the reading. Maple Street will be on-hand to sell copies of the book!

Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Lenny Letter and others. In March 2017, HMH Books will release her novel All Grown Up. It will also be published in the UK, Italy, Holland, Poland, France and Germany.

Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and has been optioned by Showtime. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 in the U.S. and the UK, and in Italy, France and Germany in 2016, and has been optioned by Fable Pictures.

She divides her time between New Orleans, LA and Brooklyn, NY.