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.

Maple Street Book Club: Taking Off February

February 1st, 2017

we’ve just had our 12th meeting of the Maple Street Book Club, making our book club 1 year old! Thank you to everyone who’s come to one of our meetings for making it such a lovely club.

In order to regroup our efforts, organizing this club for you, and in order to give you some time off for carnival, we’ve decided to take a break for the month of February and continue the club in March. We’ll see you then!

Room 220 Presents: Dr. Jerry Ward and L. Kasimu Harris

February 2nd, 2017

ROOM 220 presents readings from Dr. Jerry Ward and L. Kasimu Harris at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Avenue). Ward will read from his most recent publication, Fractal Song, which is a collection of over thirty years of his work. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-hand to sell books.

Jerry Ward is the author of The Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery and co-editor of the Cambridge History of African American Literature. Ward spent 32 years as the Lawrence Durgin Professor of Literature at Tougaloo College and 10 years as Professor of English at Dillard University. Recognized as one of the leading experts on Richard Wright, he is a founding member of the Richard Wright Circle and co-edited The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008). Ward was also one of the co-founders of Callaloo literary journal.

L. Kasimu Harris is a storyteller who uses writing, photography and, most recently, video to push the narrative. Harris, a New Orleans native, has been in more than 20 group exhibitions across America, one abroad and three solo photography exhibitions, 2013, 2015 and 2016. His work has appeared on the front pages of The Louisiana Weekly, The Grenada Starand The Bayou Community Magazine, and on the walls of several galleries. Harris’s work can also be found on the website of The Oxford American, in a regular column of photography and essays focused on the role of fashion in the life of New Orleans and the South.

Kissing the Crisis by Kara Martinez Bachman - 6PM at Maple Street Book Shop

February 8th, 2017

Please join us on Wednesday, February 8th, at 6PM when we will host Kara Martinez Bachman, author of the new book Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age.

You’re going on a journey to a strange new country where you will look different, act different, even feel different. It’s like you’re becoming a whole new person, and that person is your mother. Your new homeland is middle age, and you need a native guide to teach you how to survive here, or least to show you where the good bars are.

Written for every woman who knows that turning 40 is no reason to become respectable, Kissing the Crisis is the field guide you need to blaze your own unconventional trail through the jungle of middle age. Humorist Kara Martinez Bachman reports from the front lines of the battle to stay awake after 9 p.m., and her adventures will make you scream with laughter, cringe with embarrassment, and vow to tackle your own midlife crisis with a can-do attitude and a tasty cocktail.

Whether she’s searching for a child-friendly bar for a parents’ drinking session, starting the world’s best ukelele/harp gothic rock band, coping with a baby cursing like a sailor in the grocery store, or conquering her fear of a terrifying death during Hurricane Katrina, Bachman shows that life doesn’t end at 40 … it just gets weirder.

A Champagne Reception for the Release Of: Guidebooks To Sin

February 9th, 2017

Between 1897 and 1917, a legal red-light district thrived at the edge of the French Quarter, helping establish the notorious reputation that adheres to New Orleans today. Though many scholars have written about Storyville, no thorough contemporary study of the blue books-directories of the neighborhood’s prostitutes, featuring advertisements for liquor, brothels, and venereal disease cures-has been available until now.

Pamela D. Arceneaux’s examination of these rare guides invites readers into a version of Storyville created by its own entrepreneurs. A foreword by the historian Emily Epstein Landau places the blue books in the context of their time, concurrent with the rise of American consumer culture and modern advertising. Illustrated with hundreds of facsimile pages from the blue books in The Historic New Orleans Collection’s holdings, Guidebooks to Sin illuminates the intersection of race, commerce, and sex in this essential chapter of New Orleans history.