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: December - So Long See You Tomorrow - Maxwell

December 8th, 2016

The eleventh meeting of the Maple Street Book Shop is Thursday, December 8, at 6 PM at the Maple Street Book Shop.

This month we will have local poet, Sara Slaughter as guest facilitator, and they’ve picked “So Long, See You Tomorrow,” a novel by William Maxwell.

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.

Sara is the editor of Room 220 at Antenna. Her writing has appeared in The Cortland Review, New World Writing, PANK, and other publications. She is the author of Upriver, a chapbook of prose poems and woodcuts.

“In this magically evocative novel, William Maxwell explores the enigmatic gravity of the past, which compels us to keep explaining it even as it makes liars out of us every time we try. On a winter morning in the 1920s, a shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois. A man named Lloyd Wilson has been killed. And the tenuous friendship between two lonely teenagers-one privileged yet neglected, the other a troubled farm boy-has been shattered.Fifty years later, one of those boys-now a grown man-tries to reconstruct the events that led up to the murder. In doing so, he is inevitably drawn back to his lost friend Cletus, who has the misfortune of being the son of Wilson’s killer and who in the months before witnessed things that Maxwell’s narrator can only guess at. Out of memory and imagination, the surmises of children and the destructive passions of their parents, Maxwell creates a luminous American classic of youth and loss.”

There's an Alligator in Audubon Park - Gina Minor Allen

December 17th, 2016

Please join us on Saturday, December 17 from 11:30AM – 1PM, when Gina Minor Allen, will be reading from and signing her new children’s picture book, “There’s an Alligator in Audubon Park!”

What would you do if you saw an alligator on your afternoon stroll. Would you run? Would you warn everyone? Or would you fire up the gumbo pot! That’s we’ll find out in the children’s picture book “There’s An Alligator in Audubon Park!”