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.

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

April 25th, 2015

We’ll read A Doll for Marie by Roger Duvoisin.

In the city of Paris, a beautiful but lonely doll sits on a shelf in an antique shop. She’s surrounded by old vases and teapots, but longs for a friend to play with. There is one little girl who would dearly love to own the doll, but Marie could never afford such a precious item. So Marie has to settle for admiring the doll through the window on her way home from school. But Marie and this doll are clearly meant for one another, and Marie will make sure that the doll has a home where she is loved.

Shorty Fest 2015 - Trombone Shorty - Generations Hall

April 30th, 2015

The Trombone Shorty Foundation is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual “Shorty Fest” presented by Presqu’ile Winery, a concert benefitting the foundation’s music education programs. Shorty Fest will take place at 7PM at Generations Hall, Thursday, April 30th. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site to sell books. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Shorty Fest is a showcase of emerging local talent featuring three stages of live music with a full headlining performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Ivan Neville; plus “Hail to the Chief” with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles featuring Bill Kreutzmann (of Grateful Dead), June Yamagishi, Kirk Joseph, Nick Daniels, Raymond Weber, Davell Crawford, and Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars); Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet; New Breed Brass Band; Tank & The Bangas; TYSSON; Sweet Crude, and MainLine.

Adding to the excitement at this year’s Shorty Fest will be the release of the children’s book Trombone Shorty ($17.95, Abrams) which recently received star reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, who say about the book —“If a fairy tale were set in New Orleans, this is how it would read.” Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music. Signed copies will be available at the event along with an appearance from award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier, who collaborated with Andrews on the publication. Proceeds from the evening’s book sales go to the foundation.

Independent Bookstore Day

May 2nd, 2015

Independent Bookstore Day, a national celebration of local booksellers, is May 2nd. Booksellers in New Orleans, including Maple Street, will celebrate May 9th, to avoid conflicting with Jazz Fest.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service!

New Orleans Book Shops (new, used, antiquarian)

French Quarter
Arcadian Books
Beckham’s Book Store
Crescent City Books
Dauphine Street Books
The Faulkner House
Kitchen Witch
Librairie Books

Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
FAB: Faubourg Marigny Art & Books
May Books

Blue Cypress Books
Garden District Book Shop
Maple Street Bookshop
Octavia Books
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop

Walls of Books

First Tuesday Book Club, May - The Asylum

May 5th, 2015

The First Tuesday Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Asylum: True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion by Simon Doonan, Tuesday, May 5th at 5:45PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Newcomers are always welcome.

After nearly a lifetime spent in the Industry, author and fashion insider Simon Doonan is ready to let you in on a little secret: his peers in this multibillion-dollar industry are just as nutty as the denizens of your local loony bin. In The Asylum, an unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, tells the real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity.

Kimberly Willis Holt - Dear Hank Williams - Maple Street Book Shop

May 6th, 2015

Please join us May 6 at 5 PM, when Kimberly Willis Holt will join us to read from and sign her new book, Dear Hank Williams.

It’s 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee’s new teacher has just given her class an assignment—learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.
Told entirely through Tate’s hopeful letters, this beautifully drawn novel from National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt gradually unfolds a story of family love, overcoming tragedy, and an insightful girl learning to find her voice.

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the many award-winning novels for young adults and children, including The Water Seeker, My Louisiana Sky, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, winner of a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the author of the bestselling Piper Reed series of chapter books and several picture books. Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and has lived all over the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. She now lives in Texas with her family.

Children's Book Week at Maple Street Book Shop

May 9th, 2015

Maple Street Book Shop will celebrate Children’s Book Week, May 3rd-9th. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

Maple Street’s celebration will be a fundraiser for Big Class, a local nonprofit dedicated to cultivating and supporting young writers through creative collaborations with schools and the community. 20% of all children’s book sales May 3rd-9th will go to Big Class.

Tuesday, May 5th you’ll be able to donate to Big Class at the shop as part of Give Nola Day.

Wednesday, May 6th we will be hosting author Kimberly Willis Holt, who will be reading from and signing her new book Dear Hank Williams.

Saturday, May 9th, we’ll host a party with children’s authors Kenny Harrison , Marti Dumas, and Alex McConduit who will be reading and signing, 11:30-1PM.

Kenny Harrison is the author of the board book series, Hide and Seek Harry. Harry’s newest adventures are Hide and Seek Harry at the Playground and Hide and Seek Harry on the Farm. Marti Dumas wrote Jala and the Wolves, and Alex McConduit has written a number of books, including Snoballs for All and The Little Who Dat Who Didn’t .

At 1:30PM, Big Class students will read from their work.

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

May 16th, 2015

We’ll read The Dullards by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.

Meet the Dullards is a clever and irreverent picture book about a comically boring family, from bestselling author Sara Pennypacker and illustrator Daniel Salmieri.

Their home is boring. Their food is plain. Their lives are monotonous. And Mr. and Mrs. Dullard like it that way.

But their children—Blanda, Borely, and Little Dud—have other ideas….

Never has dullness been so hilarious than in this deadpan, subversive tale.

Deborah Burst - Louisiana's Sacred Places - Maple Street Book Shop

May 16th, 2015

Deborah Burst will be with us on Saturday, May 16, at 11AM – 1PM to sign copies of her books Louisiana’s Sacred Places and The Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans.

Louisiana’s Sacred Places blurs the lines between the sacred and the profane. Author Deborah Burst combines her love for art, history and architecture into a poetic trail of churches, cemeteries and Voodoo ceremonies.

Explore Louisiana’s most solemn and revered locales. From New Orleans’ most telling portraits of eternal architecture to St. Roch Chapel’s chamber of miracles with relics of pain and suffering. Burst brings readers inside Voodoo ceremonies with vivid photography and a detailed history on the religion with interviews from New Orleans’ own Voodoo priestess, Sallie Ann Glassman.

Moving north along the cypress bayous learn the mysteries of the Creole tradition in lighting the graves on All Saints Day. Follow the trail west along the muddy Mississippi where country chapels whisper tales of survival against the river’s mighty floods. Inside the Feliciana Parishes, nineteenth-century mansions are rife with tales of Civil War casualties laid to rest under the scenic weeping oaks. Burst ends the book with some dark humor in how New Orleans celebrates its dead with jazz funerals and post-mortem parties fit for a king.

Barri Bronston - Walking New Orleans - Maple Street Book Shop

May 30th, 2015

Barri Bronston will be signing her book Walking New Orleans Saturday, May 30th, 11:30-1PM at Maple Street Book Shop.

From Lakeview and Mid-City to the Saenger Theater and Superdome, from its restaurants and music clubs to its parks and museums, the Big Easy is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. In Walking New Orleans, lifelong resident and writer Barri Bronston shares the love of her hometown through 30 self-guided tours that range from St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street to Bywater and Faubourg Marigny. Within each tour, she offers tips on where to eat, drink, dance, and play.