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.

Sons of the White Eagle - Mark Bielski - Maple Street Book Shop

October 19th, 2016

Please join us on Wednesday, October 19th, at 6PM, when we will be hosting Mark Bielski, author of the new book “Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation.

“This book describes nine transplanted Poles who participated in the Civil War. They span three generations and are connected by culture, nationality and adherence to their principles and ideals. The common thread that runs through their lives-the Polish White Eagle-is that they came from a country that had basically disintegrated at the end of the previous century, yet they carried the concepts of freedom they inherited from their forefathers to the New World to which they immigrated.

Once in America the pre-war political feuds, ferocious ensuing battles, captures, prison camp escapes and privations of war-often in the words of the soldiers themselves-are fully described. More highly trained in warfare than their American brethren―and certainly more inured to struggles for nationhood- the Poles made a more significant contribution to Civil war combat than is usually described.

The first group had fought in the 1830 war for freedom from the Russian Empire. The European revolutionary struggles of the 1840’s molded the next generation. The two of the youngest generation came of age just as the Civil War began, entered military service as enlisted men and finished as officers. Of the group, four sided with the North and four with the South, and the other began in the Confederate cavalry and finished fighting for the Union side. All but one came from aristocratic backgrounds.

In a war commonly categorized as a “brother against brother,” a struggle between two American regions, history has not devoted a great deal of attention to the participation of Poles, and foreigners in general. These men fought with a belief in European democratic liberalism. Whether for the North to keep a Union together or to form a new nation from the Southern states, they held to their ideals, and in America’s own greatest conflict continued to fight for their beliefs.”

New Orleans Review No. 42 - Shakespeare 2016 - Maple Street Book Shop

October 20th, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, October 20, at 6 PM when we will celebrate the release of the Shakespeare 2016 issue of the New Orleans Review!

“What motivated the issue was primarily that 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and we wanted to commemorate that by looking at Shakespeare’s 21st century literary afterlives. (I’ve pasted the call for submissions below.) The response was great. We had submissions from poets, fiction writers, essayists, and scholars. We especially relished the opportunity to put creative work in direct conversation with scholarly work; few journals have the license to do that, and the result is, I think, quite exciting.”

-Hillary Ecklund (Guest Editor)

Contributors: Sara Adams, Bipin Aurora, Chris Barrett, Ryan Burruss, Joseph Campana, Kayla Rae Candrilli, George Elliott Clarke, Gillian Cummings, JK Daniels, Sara Femenella, Zachary Fisher, Briana Forney, Cal Freeman, D. Gilson, David B. Goldstein, Ronan Hatfull, Christopher Higgs, Nathan Hoks, Kimberly Johnson, Michael P. Kuczynski, Nancy Ludmerer, John William McConnell, Steve Mentz, Joseph Mills, Sarah Neville, Aaron Novick, Sharon O’Dair, Annette Oxindine, Don Peteroy, Winston Plowes, Zana Previti, Matt Salyer, Kristin Sanders, Leslie Stainton, MK Sukach, Catherine Theis, Grace Tiffany, David Tuvell, Lillo Way, Caroline Randall Williams, Jess Williard, Candice Wuehle

Maple Street Book Club: November - Outline - Cusk

November 10th, 2016

The tenth meeting of the Maple Street Book Shop is Thursday, November 10, at 6 PM at the Maple Street Book Shop.

This month we will have local author and teacher, Geoff Wyss as guest facilitator, and he’s picked “Outline,” a novel by Rachel Cusk.

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.

Geoff Wyss’s first novel, TINY CLUBS, was published in 2007 by Livingston Press. His first book of short stories, HOW, won the Ohio State University Award for Short Fiction and was published in 2012. His stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Tin House, Image, New Stories from the South, and others. He lives in New Orleans.

“Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing over an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.”

Valerie Hsiung, Lara Glenum, Rodrigo Toscano, Laura Theobald, and Afton Wilky

November 12th, 2016

Please join us for a night of poetry on Saturday, November 12, at 6 PM when Valerie Hsiung will be at Maple Street Book Shop. She will be on tour for her new book of poetry on Action Books called EFG (Exchange Following and Gene Flow). Also appearing will be local poets Lara Glenum (author of All Hopped Up on Fleshy Dumdums,) Rodrigo Toscano (Explosion Rocks Springfield,) Laura Theobald (Best Thing Ever,) and Afton Wilky (Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea.)

Poet, vocalist, and performer Valerie Hsiung is the author of three full-length poetry collections: efg (exchange following and gene flow): a trilogy (Action Books, forthcoming 2016), incantation inarticulate (O Balthazar Press, 2013), and under your face (O Balthazar Press, 2013). Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in places such as American Letters & Commentary, Cosmonauts Avenue, Denver Quarterly, New Delta Review, PEN Poetry Series, Prelude, RealPoetik, and VOLT, among elsewhere. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hsiung spent significant portions of her childhood in Las Vegas, received a BA from Brown University, and is now based out of Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a love detective and matchmaker. She is also an editor for Poor Claudia.

LARA GLENUM is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: The Hounds of No, Maximum Gaga, Pop Corpse, All Hopped Up On Fleshy Dumdums. She is also the co-editor, with Arielle Greenberg, of Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics and the expanded second edition, Electric Gurlesque, due out in 2016. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and an NEA Translation Fellowship. You can learn more about her work at:

LAURA THEOBALD is the author of the poetry collection What My Hair Says About You, from Metatron, and the chapbooks edna poems, The Best Thing Ever, and eraser poems. She has an MFA from LSU, where she served as Editor of New Delta Review. She is a freelance book designer, and a book designer for BOAAT. Poems, books, and other writing can be found at She currently lives in New Orleans, and tweets @lidleida.

RODRIGO TOSCANO’s newest book of poetry is Explosion Rocks Springfield (Fence Books, 2016) His previous books include: Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. His poetics plays have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater and Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival. His radio pieces have aired on WPIX FM, KAOS Public Radio, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, Norwegian and Catalan. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, Communication Workers of America, and National Day Laborers Organizing Network. Toscano lives in the Bayou Saint John Faubourg of New Orleans.

AFTON WILKY’s work combines writing with sound, digital media and book arts. She is the author of Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea (Flim Forum Press, 2014) and the chapbook, Acquisition: an index (Essay Press EP Series, 2015). Her work is in or forthcoming from journals such asNew American Writing, Tripwire, [out of nothing], Siren, TAB, textsound, Word for/Word, andJacket2. She is the managing editor of The Volta. Her website and blog are at

Johnette Downing

November 26th, 2016

Please join us on Saturday, November 26, at 11:30 when we will celebrate the release 3 new books from Johnette Downing!

about “Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh”

“Johnette Downing stays true to her Louisiana roots in her newest book, featuring a young pelican searching for his proper home. As Petit Pierre journeys across the wetlands, he asks each creature where he should live. He accumulates gifts from them until he realizes the wetlands are home to all his friends and, just maybe, to Pierre as well! Within the luscious illustrations are facts about the denizens of the wetlands and how each reader can make a difference in preserving and protecting the wetlands for generations to come. Proceeds from this book, created in partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans, fund wetland education programs.”

about “Today is Monday In Louisiana,” available in Board Book!

Gold/Honors Award Winner. National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children’s Products. The Big Read 2010. Recommended Reading List for the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Based on a popular song adapted by the multi-award-winning New Orleans singer-songwriter Johnette Downing, Today Is Monday in Louisiana rhythmically takes readers through a culinary calendar, describing a Louisiana meal a day. Now adapted to board book format for tiny hands, each page presents collaged images of yummy foods. On Monday there are red beans to eat and on Tuesday, po’ boys. On Wednesday gumbo is served, and on it goes, each day bringing another unique and tasty Louisiana dish to share.

about “Down in Mississippi”

“Acclaimed children’s-book author Johnette Downing pays homage to the cultural legacy of Mississippi in this charming book that incorporates many of its native flora and fauna. Her delightful text, adapted from a traditional song, presents a lyrical and visual tribute to the many iconic images and symbols to be found in the state. From dolphins splashing in the surf along the coast to adorable ducklings in the wetlands, this commemorative picture book serves to introduce children to the many unique facts about Mississippi. An author’s note gives interesting details about each creature and notes about their habitats and behavior.”