Maple Street Book Shop will be open its normal hours, 10-6PM, Labor Day, Monday, September 1st!

Events

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.

Storytime with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at 11:30 at Maple Street Book Shop

September 27th, 2014


We’ll read Brave Chicken Little by Robert Byrd!

Whack! What’s that? Could it be? A piece of the sky! Oh my! Chicken Little and his friends run, run, run to tell the king. Nothing stands in the way except…the sly Foxy Loxy. Surely they have time to stop for lunch with Foxy and his kits. But what happens when Chicken Little and company find themselves on the menu?

What this classic story needs is a new ending and a brave hero. And maybe this time, it’s Chicken Little! Cleverly retold and exquisitely illustrated by Robert Byrd, Brave Chicken Little transforms a cautionary fable into a tale of triumph.

Storytime with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at 11:30 at Maple Street Book Shop

October 4th, 2014


We’ll read Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke.

When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” Soon she’s hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn’t a problem anymore for Julia…but getting her housemates to behave themselves is! The simple, sweet text of this picture book by New York Times Best-Selling Zita the Spacegirl author/illustrator Ben Hatke is perfectly balanced by his lush, detailed, immersive watercolor illustrations.

Johnette Downing - Macarooned on a Dessert Island - Maple Street Book Shop

October 11th, 2014


Johnette Downing will be reading and signing her latest book, Macarooned on a Dessert Island, Saturday, October 11th, 11:30-1PM. Join us for what’s sure to be a sweet and delicious time!

A delightful tale of cake, candy, and sweets, this mouthwatering daydream takes you to a magical island where every bit is edible. Sprinkled with cupcake flowers and lollipop trees, this is a land where happiness grows. Even in the land of desserts, healthy snacks abound—fruits, veggies, and more. Punny images and lighthearted verse encourage children to invent an original world of fantasy, fancy, and fun. This is the perfect bedtime story to reawaken a child’s imagination and rekindle family reading time. Rich, dynamic images and playful rhyme serve the reader a dish of fun with a cherry on top. Illustrations create a visual candy land for the eyes by capturing the confectionary details of each sweet treat. The book even includes a scavenger hunt and a recipe for “Easy Breezy Berry Blast.” Yum!

James Nolan - You Don't Know Me - Maple Street Book Shop

November 6th, 2014


James Nolan will be reading and signing You Don’t Know Me at Maple Street Book Shop Thursday, November 6th, at 6PM.

In this collection of interrelated short stories, James Nolan swings wide open the courtyard gates of a city fabled both for its good times and bad. With ten new stories plus ten from his acclaimed previous volume, Perpetual Care, he introduces us to a quirky village of universal characters at crisis moments: white, black, and Hispanic; young, middle-aged, and elderly; straight and gay; women and men. We meet fatherless boys, Creole spinsters, and lying hustlers, a pregnant teenager, a concert pianist searching for his roots, a crooked homicide detective, a Carnival-parade king hiding in a Dunkin’ Donuts, a pistol-packing babysitter, and a codger who plots to blow up an overpass. Bookended by two post-Katrina stories, this collection takes us from the secretive hive of the French Quarter to decaying cemeteries, from Gentilly to Uptown to family dramas in the suburbs. With mordant dark humor, James Nolan paints a wry, disturbing but affectionately human portrait of his hometown for those who think they already know New Orleans, and what it means. But until you turn the addictive pages of these stories, you don’t—not really.