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.

Poetry: A Survivor's Guide - Mark Yakich - 1718 Society

December 1st, 2015

On December 1st, at 7PM, the 1718 Society will be hosting a reading at the Columns Hotel featuring Mark Yakich, author of the new book “Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide.” Maple Street Book Shop will be on hand, selling copies of the book.

Playful and serious, unforgiving and compassionate, Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide offers an original take on a subject both loved and feared. In a series of provocative and inspiring propositions, the act of reading a poem is made new, and the act of writing one is made over. Questions of poetry’s difficulty, pretension, and relevance are explored with insight and daring. In an age of new media and social networking, this handbook-cum-manifesto provides fresh reverence for one of our oldest forms of art.

First Tuesday Book Club - Acts of God -Maple Street Book Shop

December 1st, 2015

The First Tuesday Book Club’s December selection is Acts of God by Ellen Gilchrist. They’ll meet December 1st at 5:45PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Newcomers are always welcome.

Master short story writer Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award, returns with her first story collection in over eight years. In Acts of God, she has crafted ten different scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere, and triumph, even if it is only a triumph of the will.

Big Class - A Dark And Stormy Night - City Park

December 2nd, 2015

Join Big Class for “A Dark and Stormy Night” on December 2, 2015 in the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park. This spirited evening of cocktails and ghost stories will directly benefit the voices of New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18.

6:30 – 7:30: Patron Reception hosted by Wayne Amedee and Julie & Ted George, featuring live ghost stories, music, and cocktails by 12 Mile Limit

7:30- 9:30: Cocktail and Dance Party featuring DJ Brice Nice, hosted by our “Ghostwriters.”- Jeremy Blum, Mary Carlton, Alvin David, Jayeesha Dutta, Natalie Girard, Sarah Granier, Jose Guadarrama, Kelly Harris-Deberry, Nicole Hershey, Jez Luckett, Kurston Melton, Nora McConnell-Johnson, Heather Muntzer, Sam Randolph, Glynnis Ritchie, Josie Scanlan, Emma Schain, Cherie Teamer, Kathleen Whalen and Emily Wilkerson.

Throughout A Dark and Stormy Night:

-Pop-up Haunting Supply Co. featuring original haunting supplies by local artists and Big Class students, and books from Maple Street Book Shop

-Ghost Story Auction featuring award-winning authors George Saunders, Michael Cunningham, Chris Abani, and more.

-Haunted Cocktail Competition featuring some of the best mixologists in New Orleans

-Delicious, spooky food by Killer Po-Boys and We’ve Got Soul

-Ghost movie projections by Shotgun Cinema

-All sorts of ghostly surprises

To learn more about this event, contact Gracie Goodrich at or call 504.308.1423

An Evening with Lusher's Creative Writing Program - Maple Street Book Shop

December 3rd, 2015

Thursday, December 3rd, at 5:30PM Maple Street Book Shop will host an evening with the Creative Writing Class of Lusher School. Students will read from their original work.

Lusher’s Creative Writing program is designed to establish a supportive community of writers and to foster the artistic and intellectual growth of each writer in that community. Creative writing is a highly academic arts discipline, requiring strong critical and imaginative skills as well as a mastery of writing techniques. Thus, the curriculum emphasizes both reading and writing, with expectations becoming progressively more challenging within each level of study and from one level to the next.

Anis Mojgani - The Pocketknife Bible - Maple Street Book Shop

December 4th, 2015

Friday, December 4th, at 6PM, Anis Mojgani will be signing at Maple Street Book Shop. Anis grew up at Maple Street Book Shop. We are so excited to have him with us for a reading. He’ll be sharing his latest work, The Pocketknife Bible.

What if your future life came to you as a child in dreams? What if you wrote down those dreams in words and pictures, in the language we spoke as children but forgot once grown? What if as an adult you unearthed this book of dreams and prophecy from your past and translated them out of that long lost tongue into poems that those now grown could understand? The Pocketknife Bible seeks to answer those questions through the author’s poems and pictures, being the bridge between a grown-up book for children and a children’s picture book for adults.

Deborah Burst - Southern Fried and Sanctified - Maple Street Book Shop

December 5th, 2015

Deborah Burst will sign her latest book, Southern Fried and Sanctified at Maple Street Book Shop Saturday, December 5th at 11:30am.

Celebrating a decade of writing and photography, Deborah Burst has combined some of her most prolific work and talents of southern storytelling in her third book, Southern Fried and Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck. Like life itself, each page brings tears, laughter, and the kind of adventure only the south can bring.

Five chapters in all, the book begins with some of her fondest travels. Poetic trails from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast states with shrouded bayous, jungles of bearded oaks and beaches flush with seashells and stingrays. Then a rolling picture show of Georgia, South Carolina and roaming the mountainsides of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

The Friendly Folk chapter introduces the kind of people you never forget. From a Tennessee farm boy realizing his dream, to WWII vets sharing stories of sacrifices and heroism. In the Country Confessions chapter, Burst reveals some of her most personal reflections with tales of those youngin’ days, the dark side of writing, and the erotic beauty of nature.

Maple Street Holiday Party with John Besh - Maple Street Book Shop

December 8th, 2015

John Besh will be signing “Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked Recipes” at Maple Street Book Shop’s Holiday Party, Tuesday, December 8th at 6PM.

In this, his fourth book, award-winning chef John Besh takes another deep dive into the charm and authenticity of the cuisine of New Orleans.
“Besh Big Easy” features all new recipes, published in a refreshing new flexibound format and accessible to cooks everywhere. Much has changed since Besh wrote his bestselling “My New Orleans” in 2009. His restaurant empire has grown from two to twelve acclaimed eateries, from the highly praised Restaurant August to the just opened farm-to-table taqueria, Johnny Sanchez. John’s television career has blossomed as well. He’s become known to millions as host of two national public television cooking shows based on his books and of “Hungry Investors” on Spike TV.

“Besh Big Easy” is dedicated to accessibility. “There’s no reason a good jambalaya needs two dozen ingredients,” John says. In this book, jambalaya has less than ten, but sacrifices nothing in the way of flavor. With 101 original, personal recipes such as Mr. Sam’s Stuffed Crabs, Duck Camp Shrimp & Grits, and Silver Queen Corn Pudding, “Besh Big Easy” is chock-full of the vivid personality that has made John Besh such a popular American culinary icon.

C.C. Lockwood - Louisiana Wild - Maple Street Book Shop

December 9th, 2015

Wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood will be signing “Louisiana Wild” at Maple Street Book Shop, Wednesday, Decemeber 9th, at 6PM.

Lockwood has lived and worked in fragile ecosystems whose preservation shapes his artistry. His work has earned him international acclaim as an environmental artist, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography.

His newest book, “Louisiana Wild: The Lands Protected and Restored by The Nature Conservancy”, portrays the good work this organization is doing on over 280,000 acres of land in our state. The scenic images that Louisiana brings to mind—moss-draped cypress, lush marshlands, alligators gliding through bayous, herons coasting across an open sky—all spring from one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on the continent. From the precious maritime forests of Grand Isle to the steep contours of Tunica Hills, Louisiana’s wild outdoors defines each region’s sense of place and value.

Robert S. Brantley - Henry Howard, Louisiana's Architect - Maple Street Book Shop

December 10th, 2015

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th, at 6PM, when we will be hosting Robert S. Brantley, author of the new book, “Henry Howard, Louisiana’s Architect.” He will be talking about and signing copies of the book.

One of the nineteenth century’s most prolific architects but also, until recently, one of the most historically elusive, Henry Howard (1818-1884) left an indelible mark on the landscape of his adopted home, Louisiana.

Born in Ireland, Howard immigrated to New York in the mid-1830s. Within two years he followed his brother south to New Orleans, the nation’s third-largest city and the center of a flourishing plantation economy. Through the following decades, Howard and the city would thrive together.

Working twenty-hour days juggling private, ecclesiastical, and civic commissions, Howard gave Louisiana some of its most iconic structures: the Pontalba buildings on New Orleans’s Jackson Square, the Robert Short house in the Garden District, and a string of legendary plantation houses along the Mississippi River. At a time when most architects also acted as builders, Howard worked almost exclusively as a designer, a practice that helps explain the staggering variety and volume of his known works. And yet his name seldom appears in the same breath as those of his more famous contemporaries, architects James Gallier and James Dakin. Indeed, some of his greatest designs, most notably Belle Grove Plantation, were for decades attributed to others. The photographer and architectural historian Robert S. Brantley provides a comprehensive survey of Howard’s career in this meticulously researched collection. Lavishly illustrated with photographs both new and historical, and interspersed with archival drawings and plans, Henry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect restores its subject to his rightful place in the pantheon of southern architects.

Robert S. Brantley is a New Orleans-based architectural photographer, researcher, and writer. His work has appeared independently and with that of his late wife, Jan White Brantley, in numerous magazine articles and books on New Orleans and Louisiana. Originally from Georgia, he has made New Orleans his home since 1977.

Marti Dumas - Jaden Toussaint The Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion - Maple Street Book Shop

December 12th, 2015

Marti Dumas will be reading from and signing her latest Jaden Toussaint book on Saturday, December 12th, 11:30am-1pm at Maple Street Book Shop.

Jaden Toussaint is a five year-old who knows it all. I mean, really knows it all. Animal Scientist. Great Debater. Master of the art of ninja dancing. There’s nothing Jaden Toussaint can’t do. The only problem is that grown-ups keep trying to convince him that, even though he’s really smart, he doesn’t know EVERYTHING. The thing is…he kind of does.

This time our hero must use all his super-powered brain power to save his school and some possible alien invaders (which may or may not be caterpillars) from destroying each other.