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.

1718 Society - Jesmyn Ward

March 3rd, 2015

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward is the 1718 Society’s reader for March. She will read and discuss her work at the Columns Hotel, Tuesday, March 3rd at 7PM. The 1718 Society is a literary organization run by students of Tulane and Loyola. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site to sell books.

Jesmyn Ward received her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, the latter of which won the 2011 National Book Award and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi, and lives there now.

First Tuesday Book Club, March - My House in Umbria

March 3rd, 2015

The First Tuesday Book Club’s March selection is My House in Umbria by William Trevor. They will meet Tuesday, March 3rd, at 5:45PM at Maple Street Book Shop.

Mrs. Emily Delahunty—a mysterious and not entirely trustworthy former madam—quietly runs a pensione in the Italian countryside and writes romance novels while she muses on her checkered past. Then one day her world is changed forever as the train she is riding in is blown up by terrorists. Taken to a local hospital to recuperate, she befriends the other survivors-an elderly English general, an American child, and a German boy-and takes them all to convalesce at her villa, with unforeseen results.

Francisco Goldman - Interior Circuit - Stone Auditorium, Tulane University

March 6th, 2015

Tulane University hosts writer Francisco Goldman, who will be discussing his most recent book, The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle ($16, Grove Press), Friday, March 6th at 5PM in the Stone Auditorium. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site to sell books!

The Interior Circuit is Goldman’s story of his emergence from grief five years after his wife’s death, symbolized by his attempt to overcome his fear of driving in the city. Embracing the DF (Mexico City) as his home, Goldman explores and celebrates the city, which stands defiantly apart from so many of the social ills and violence wracking Mexico. This is the chronicle of an awakening, both personal and political, “interior” and “exterior,” to the meaning and responsibilities of home. Mexico’s narco war rages on and, with the restoration of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (the PRI) to power in the summer’s 2012 elections, the DF’s special apartness seems threatened. In the summer of 2013, when Mexican organized crime violence and death erupts in the city in an unprecedented way, Goldman sets out to try to understand the menacing challenges the city now faces. By turns exuberant, poetic, reportorial, philosophic, and urgent, “The Interior Circuit” fuses a personal journey to an account of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood cities.

Francisco Goldman has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Cullman Center Fellow at the NY Public Library, and a Berlin Fellow at the American Academy. He has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Believer, and many other publications. He directs the Aura Estrada Prize. Every year Goldman teaches one semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct. He is the author of Say Her Name, The Long Night of White Chickens, The Ordinary Seaman, The Divine Husband, and The Art of Political Murder.

Story Time with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at 11:30am at Maple Street Book Shop

March 7th, 2015

We’ll read Miss Rumphius, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney ($7.99, Puffin).

Barbara Cooney’s story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication. ad

Laura D. Kelley - The Irish In New Orleans - Maple Street Book Shop

March 11th, 2015

Please join us on March 11 at 6 PM, when Laura D. Kelley joins us to read from and discuss her book, The Irish In New Orleans.

In this well-researched volume, historian Dr. Laura D. Kelley tells the colorful, amusing and often adventurous history of the Irish in New Orleans. From “Bloody” O’Reilly in the 18th century to the great churches and charitable organizations built by the Irish Famine immigrants in the 19th century to the Irish-dominated politics of the 20th century, as well as Irish dance, music and sports, the author introduces the reader to a hitherto untold story of one of America’s most historical cities. The book also includes essays by Betsy McGovern recalling her involvement in the city’s Irish music scene and Terrence Fitzmorris who discusses wakes and funerary practices of the Irish. The lively and readable text is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Carrie Lee Pierson Schwartz that convey the continuing vibrancy of the Irish community of the Crescent City.

Whitney Stewart - Meditation is an Open Sky - Maple Street Book Shop

March 21st, 2015

Please join us on February 21st from 11:30 AM to 1 PM when Whitney Stewart will be at the store reading from and signing her new book, Meditation is an Open Sky, Mindfulness for Kids

Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you’re having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They’ll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life.

Whitney Stewart is a children’s book author, meditation teacher, and a born adventurer. She has traveled to Tibet, Nepal, and India and teaches mindfulness at Tulane University and to children and teens. Her most recent children’s book is A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife. Whitney lives in Louisiana, with her husband and son.

Alexander McConduit & Melissa Wallace - Snoballs For All & It's Great To Be A NOLA Kid - Maple Street Book Shop

April 4th, 2015

Please join us in April 4th, when Alexander McConduit will be reading from his book Snoballs For All, and Melissa Wallace from her book It’s Great To Be A NOLA Kid.

Snoballs For All:
It’s spring in New Orleans, and that means it’s snoball season Paul is sitting in school when he hears the magical call “Snoballs for all “ He embarks on an adventure through the city, hoping for just a few of those icy treats. But where are the snoballs? On foot and by streetcar, Paul searches high and low. He thinks of all the flavors he could have: grape, strawberry, wedding cake, spearmint, apricot pear . . . but where is that call coming from? If there are snoballs for all, can’t someone spare just one for Paul?

Everyone who’s tasted the syrupy-sweet, cold, refreshing concoction that is the beloved New Orleans snoball will slurp up this spunky story. Bright illustrations in every color of the snoball rainbow fill the pages with triple-extra-large fun.

It’s Great To Be A NOLA Kid:
Bringing up children in New Orleans carries a unique responsibility: making sure they know the iconic images of the city. This adorable coloring book from New Orleans native Melissa Maloney Wallace illustrates the most familiar ones. From the aquarium, beignets, the City Park carousel, and the Superdome to fleur de lis, king cakes, streetcars, second-line umbrellas, and the zoo, classic New Orleans icons can be found in simple line drawings waiting to be colored by a child’s imagination. Created by a graphic artist and mom to celebrate the culture and traditions of New Orleans, this coloring book allows every child to share in the Crescent-City experience-no matter where they live Perfect for locals and tourists alike, these stylized outlines of childhood memories will be treasured for years to come.