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: June - There Once Lived a Mother... - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

June 9th, 2016

The fifth meeting of the Maple Street Book Shop is Thursday, June 9, at 6 PM at the Maple Street Book Shop.

This month we will have local author Ann Glaviano as guest facilitator, and she’s picked “There Once Lived a Woman Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In,” a collection of three novellas by Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

The book club choice will be available at 10% off at the store. Refreshments will be served.

Ann Glaviano is a multidisciplinary artist and a born-and-raised New Orleanian. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Fairy Tale Review, The Atlas Review, descant (Frank O’Connor Award), Gravy, VIDA’s “Reports from the Field,” Antigravity, and the anthology Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans After Katrina. Her novella, titled Dickbeer, was published as a Kindle Single by Amazon’s Day One. She DJs the biweekly HEATWAVE! Dance Party and directs a music-and-dance project called Known Mass. Recently you might have seen her onstage at the Orpheum with New Orleans Ballet Theatre or in the NOMA Sculpture Garden with The NOLA Project. Ann is an alumna of Louisiana State University and the MFA program at Ohio State.

From the publisher:

“The masterly novellas that established Ludmilla Petrushevskaya as one of the greatest living Russian writers including a new translation of the modern classic “The Time Is Night”

Love them, they’ll torture you; don’t love them, they’ll leave you anyway.

After her work was suppressed for many years, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya won wide recognition for capturing the experiences of everyday Russians with profound pathos and mordant wit. Among her most famous and controversial works, these three novellas “The Time Is Night,” “Chocolates with Liqueur”(inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado), and “Among Friends” are modern classics that breathe new life into Tolstoy s famous dictum, All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Together they confirm the genius of an author with a gift for turning adversity into art.”

Adam Crittenden - Stacey Balkun - Sara Slaughter - Maple Street Book Shop

June 23rd, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, June 23, at 6PM, when we will have poets Adam Crittenden, Stacey Balkun, and Sara Slaughter.

Adam Crittenden holds an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University and serves as an editor for Lingerpost and Puerto del Sol. His work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Barn Owl Review, Bayou Magazine, Metazen, Matter Press, > kill author, and other journals. He currently teaches writing in Albuquerque. His new book of poetry is Blood Eagle.

Stacey Balkun is the author of two chapbooks, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl press 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ Publications 2016). She received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at

Sara Slaughter is editor of Antenna’s Room 220: New Orleans Book and Literary News. 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.