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.

1718 Society (February) - Jami Attenberg - The Columns

February 3rd, 2015

Jami Attenberg is 1718’s February reader. She’ll speak Tuesday, February 3rd, at 7PM at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles Avenue).

1718 Society is a literary organization comprised of Tulane, Loyola, and UNO students. They hold monthly readings, which are free and open to the public, the first Tuesday of each month at The Columns Hotel. Maple Street Book shop will be on-site to sell books.

Jami Attenberg is the author of the novels The Middlesteins, The Melting Season, The Kept Man and of the story collection Instant Love. She has written for The New York Times, New York, Salon, Nylon, Print, Nerve, and others. Chicago native, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her most recent work, Saint Mazie, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in June.

The First Tuesday Book Club (February) - Tolstoy & the Purple Chair - Maple Street Book Shop

February 3rd, 2015

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet to discuss Tolstoy & the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch February 3rd, at 5:45PM at Maple Street Book Shop.

Nina Sankovitch has always been a reader. As a child, she discovered that a trip to the local bookmobile with her sisters was more exhilarating than a ride at the carnival. Books were the glue that held her immigrant family together. When Nina’s eldest sister died at the age of forty-six, Nina turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection. In her beloved purple chair, she rediscovered the magic of such writers as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and, of course, Leo Tolstoy. Through the connections Nina made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy.

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair also tells the story of the Sankovitch family: Nina’s father, who barely escaped death in Belarus during World War II; her four rambunctious children, who offer up their own book recommendations while helping out with the cooking and cleaning; and Anne-Marie, her oldest sister and idol, with whom Nina shared the pleasure of books, even in her last moments of life. In our lightning-paced culture that encourages us to seek more, bigger, and better things, Nina’s daring journey shows how we can deepen the quality of our everyday lives—if we only find the time.

Keila Dawson - The King Cake Baby - Maple Street Book Shop

February 7th, 2015

Please join us on February 7th at 11:30 AM – 1 PM, when Keila Dawson will be reading from and signing copies of her new book, The King Cake Baby.

“No, “mon ami” “ You can’t catch me I’m the King Cake Baby “ So brags a little Mardi Gras trickster in this lively New Orleans adaptation of “The Gingerbread Man.” The runaway king cake baby escapes an old Creole couple, a praline lady, and a waiter at Cafe du Monde, but he can’t outsmart the clever baker After all, who knows better than a baker that a king cake baby belongs inside of a king cake?

This new adaptation of an old folktale will bring a tasty Mardi Gras tradition to life for readers of all ages. From Jackson Square to the Mississippi River, the story sparkles with French phrases, New Orleans colloquialisms, and vibrant, comic-book style artwork depicting the city’s characters and treasures. Just in case readers can’t get enough NOLA from the story alone, the book also includes a recipe for homemade king cake. Bon appetit!

Johnette Downing and Jennifer Lindsley - The Fifolet - Maple Street Book Shop

February 21st, 2015

Please join us Saturday, February 21st, at 11:30 AM to 1 PM, when Johnette Downing and Jennifer Lindsley will be reading from and signing their new book, The Fifolet.

Down by the swamp, where alligators roam, legend says a treasure is buried out past the water on the edge of the beach. To find this prize, follow the fifolet as it bounces and bounds across the bayou, bright and blue against the dark water below. Just as quick as it comes, the light disappears, faster than you can say “will-o’-the-wisp.”

Monsieur Jean-Paul Pierre fishes in Atchafalaya from sunrise to sunset, and he loves nothing more than nets bursting with fish and bushels overflowing with crabs. Even though he takes home so much, he does not share. Mountains of fresh seafood cannot keep greedy Jean-Paul from wanting more; this time he has his heart set on the fifolet’s buried treasure. Following the dancing bayou sprite, Monsieur Pierre hopes to find riches beyond belief. This is where the story of the fifolet begins, but for Jean-Paul, the tale never ends.

Alexander McConduit & Melissa Wallace - Snoballs For All & It's Great To Be A NOLA Kid - Maple Street Book Shop

February 28th, 2015

Please join us on Saturday, February 28th, at 11:30 AM – 1 PM, when Alexander McConduit will be reading from his book Snoballs For All, and Melissa Wallace from her book It’s Great To Be A NOLA Kid.

Snoballs For All:
It’s spring in New Orleans, and that means it’s snoball season Paul is sitting in school when he hears the magical call “Snoballs for all “ He embarks on an adventure through the city, hoping for just a few of those icy treats. But where are the snoballs? On foot and by streetcar, Paul searches high and low. He thinks of all the flavors he could have: grape, strawberry, wedding cake, spearmint, apricot pear . . . but where is that call coming from? If there are snoballs for all, can’t someone spare just one for Paul?

Everyone who’s tasted the syrupy-sweet, cold, refreshing concoction that is the beloved New Orleans snoball will slurp up this spunky story. Bright illustrations in every color of the snoball rainbow fill the pages with triple-extra-large fun.

It’s Great To Be A NOLA Kid:
Bringing up children in New Orleans carries a unique responsibility: making sure they know the iconic images of the city. This adorable coloring book from New Orleans native Melissa Maloney Wallace illustrates the most familiar ones. From the aquarium, beignets, the City Park carousel, and the Superdome to fleur de lis, king cakes, streetcars, second-line umbrellas, and the zoo, classic New Orleans icons can be found in simple line drawings waiting to be colored by a child’s imagination. Created by a graphic artist and mom to celebrate the culture and traditions of New Orleans, this coloring book allows every child to share in the Crescent-City experience-no matter where they live Perfect for locals and tourists alike, these stylized outlines of childhood memories will be treasured for years to come.