Maple Street Book Shop: Celebrating 50 years of serving the book lovers of New Orleans!
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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, 11:30am - Uptown
March 8th, 2014
We’ll read E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm With a Little Help From a Hen by Judy Sierra. Please join us!
1718 Society - The Columns Hotel
March 11th, 2014
Chelsey Johnson is the 1718 Society’s featured reader for March. She’ll be reading Tuesday, March 11th, at 7pm at The Columns.
The 1718 Society is a literary organization comprised of Tulane, Loyola, and UNO students. Their monthly reading series at the Columns Hotel is free and open to the public. It showcases the work of student readers, as well as that of prominent local and national writers.
Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site selling books.
First Tuesday Book Club (March) - The Flamethrowers - Uptown
March 11th, 2014
The First Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 11th, at 5:45PM. Their March selection is The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. Newcomers are always welcome!
The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.
The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is Kushner’s brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.
Reading Between the Wines - Pearl Wine co.
March 12th, 2014
Fleur de Lit and Pearl Wine Co. present Reading Between the Wines, Wednesday, March 12th, at 7:30 pm at Pearl Wine Co. (3700 Orleans Ave, in the American Can Company).
This month’s theme is Celebrations and the featured authors are:
Errol Laborde: Mardi Gras Chronicles
Kit Wohl: New Orleans Celebrations
Stephen Rea: Finn McCool’s Football Club
Kim Marie Vaz: The Baby Dolls
Pearl will offer $5 glasses of wine and Maple Street Book Shops will be on-site to sell books.
Michael Murphy, Eat Dat + Jeremy Labadie and Argyle Wolf-Knapp, New Orleans Beer - Uptown
March 12th, 2014
Please join us Wednesday, March 12th, for a signing with Michael Murphy, author of Eat Dat, and Jeremy Labadie & Argyle Wolf-Knapp, authors of New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing!
Eat Dat New Orleans is a guidebook that celebrates both New Orleans food and its people. It highlights nearly 250 eating spots sno-ball stands and food carts as well as famous restaurants and spins tales of the city’s food lore, such as the controversial history of gumbo and the Shakespearean drama of restaurateur Owen Brennan and his heirs.
New Orleans Beer is the first comprehensive history of brewing in New Orleans—a history 287 years long and as wide as the Mississippi— from old-school breweries like Jax, Regal and Dixie to craft brewers like Abita, NOLA and Bayou Teche!
We’ll have po-boys from Killer Poboys and beer from local brewers!!
Whitney Stewart - A Catfish Tale - Uptown
March 15th, 2014
Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn’t have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does—for a mansion, a paddleboat, fame and fortune. With each wish, all the fish says is “Ah, tooloulou—if that ain’t the easiest thing to do.” But when Jolie wants to be crowned Mardi Gras queen, have things gone too far?
Whitney Stewart is an award-winning author of young adult biographies, middle grade novels, and picture books. She has traveled widely in Asia and interviewed such figures as the 14th Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Sir Edmund Hillary!
Big Class Publishing Party for RCAA's 3rd Grade
March 19th, 2014
Join Big Class and Maple Street Books on March 19 at 6:00 for a celebration of a yet-to-be-titled book of tales by young writers. Since December, the 50 talented storytellers in Renew Cultural Arts Academy’s 3rd-grade, with the help of Big Class’s volunteers, have been writing and workshopping imaginative and compelling fairy tales and folk tales. These tales range in tone from hilarious to terrifying, telling of the redemption of princesses and the downfall of zombies. The young writers will be marking the release of their publication (which also collects their original illustrations), with cupcakes and a reading. Join us for a celebration of stories and their tellers.
First Tuesday Book Club (April) - My Beloved World - Uptown
April 1st, 2014
The First Tuesday Book Club meets April 1st, at our shop Uptown (7529 Maple Street). Newcomers are always welcome! Their April selection is Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World.
Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself. She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. Along the way we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, a failed marriage, and the modern version of extended family she has created from cherished friends and their children. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.
Eva Augustin Rumpf - In Liberty's Name - Uptown
April 3rd, 2014
Eva Augustin Rumpf will be signing and discussing In Liberty’s Name, Thursday, April 3rd, at 6PM. Please join us!
Historians have long been fascinated by the Atlantic world in the age of revolutions, though few novelists have set their stories in this complicated and disturbing world. In her historical novel, In Liberty’s Name, Eva Augustin Rumpf takes her readers along the winding path that brought her ancestors, the Augustins, from the Loire Valley to Saint-Domingue, Cuba, and finally to New Orleans. By placing her ancestors among thousands of other refugees of the French and Haitian revolutions, Rumpf plunges her readers into the turmoil of this seminal period of Atlantic world history. The tale of the Augustin family, a family that became major actors in 19th century New Orleans, is a breathtaking story of historical importance. — Nathalie Dessens, author of From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans: Migration and Influences
Michael Grabell, Aran Donovan, and Anne Marie Rooney - Best New Poets - Uptown
April 4th, 2014
We’ll have Michael Grabell (2009), Aran Donovan (2013), and Anne Marie Rooney (2008) reading Friday, April 4th, at 6PM!
World Book Night and giver party
April 23rd, 2014
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
Maple Street Book Shop is participating as a pick-up location for givers. We’ll be having a party in April the Saturday before Easter Sunday (but givers can pick up their books anytime the week of the 14th!). It’s unfortunately too late to sign up as a giver if you haven’t already done so, but all are welcome to join us for our giver party!
Ben Tanzer, Lost in Space + Bill Hillmann, The Old Neighborhood - Uptown
April 30th, 2014
Bill Hillman and Ben Tanzer will be signing their books at 6PM, Wednesday, April 30th.
Bill Hillman’s book, The Old Neighborhood, is the story of teenager Joe Walsh, the youngest in a large, mixed-race family living in Chicago. After Joe witnesses his older brother commit a gangland murder, his friends and family drag him down into a pit of violence that reaches a bloody impasse when his elder sister begins dating a rival gang member. The Old Neighborhood is both a brutal tale of growing up tough in a mean city, and a beautiful harkening to the heartbreak of youth.
Bill Hillmann is an award-winning writer and storyteller from Chicago. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, Salon.com, and has been broadcast on NPR. He’s told stories around the world with his internationally acclaimed storytelling series the Windy City Story Slam. Hillmann is a Union Construction Laborer and a bull-runner in Spain. In the not so distant past, Hillmann was a feared street brawler, gang affiliate, drug dealer, convict, and Chicago Golden Glove Champion.
The essays in Ben Tanzer’s Lost in Space: A Father’s Journey There and Back Again focus on parenting, delving into topics including sleep (or the lack of), discipline, first haircuts, deceased parents and grandparents, illness, and the inherent challenges and humor that coincide with, and are intrinsically tied-into, these stages of life. The essays also recognize the ongoing presence of Tanzer’s own dead father in his life as he seeks to parent without his guidance or advice.