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: Carolyn Hembree - Rigging a Chevy - Columns Hotel

May 3rd, 2016

On Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7PM, The 1718 Society will be hosting Carolyn Hembree, author of the new book “Rigging A Chevy Into A Time Machine And Other Ways To Escape A Plague. The event will take place at the Columns Hotel and is free and open to the public. Maple Street will be on hand to sell copies of the book.

Carolyn Hembree was born in the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee. Following her graduation from Birmingham-Southern College, Carolyn moved to New York by way of Greenville, South Carolina. During these lean years, she found employment as a cashier, house cleaner, cosmetics consultant, telecommunicator, actor, receptionist, paralegal, and freelance writer. She least enjoyed her brief post in a hotel basement where she alphabetized business cards next to a ten-pound bag of defrosting chicken parts. Like so many stars, Carolyn burned too brightly: her film debut was, alas, her swan song. For the NYU student flick Altered States, the aspiring actor, an albino boa constrictor draping her shoulders, spun in the February rain atop a roof in Alphabet City. On a train ride from Emily Dickinson’s Amherst, she decided to pursue the less perilous vocation of poetry writing. Carolyn received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

Carolyn’s first poetry collection, Skinny was published by Kore Press in 2012 and her chapbook by Nous-zot Press in 2015. Her newest book, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, won the 2015 Trio Award, selected by Neil Shepard, and the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Awar, selected by Stephanie Strickland.

Independent Bookstore Day - Maple Street Book Shop

May 7th, 2016

Come celebrate independent bookstores on Saturday, May 7! We will be serving snowballs and having readings from local authors.

For one day, and one day only, a number of very limited, unique, word-based items and books will be available in more than 400 independent stores across the country. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill signed first editions-these are literature-based art projects, unique books, and collector’s items created for this event only. You can’t get them before. You can’t get them after. And you can’t get them online.

We will have limited-edition, exclusive books and literary art pieces from Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Tad Hills, Curious George, Anthony Bourdain, and many more. Only at indie bookstores. Only on May 7.

Maple Street Book Club: May - Blackass - A. Ignoni Barrett

May 12th, 2016

The fourth meeting of the Maple Street Book Shop is Thursday, May 12, at 6 PM at the Maple Street Book Shop.

This month we will have local author Peyton Burgess as guest facilitator, and he’s picked “Blackass,” by A. Ignoni Barrett.

Peyton Burgess is the author of the upcoming short-story collection “The Fry Pans Aren’t Sufficing.” He has received an MFA degree in fiction from New York University. While at NYU, he taught undergraduate creative writing, curated the KBG Emerging Writers Reading Series, and worked as fiction editor for Washington Square Review. He teaches creative writing and composition at Loyola, where he has served as fiction editor of New Orleans Review. His writing has appeared in Salon, Exquisite Corpse, Fiction Southeast, Xavier Review, La Fovea, Otis Nebula, Chicago Quarterly Review, and the anthology Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet.

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

“Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he’s been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With his red hair, green eyes, and pale skin, it seems he’s been completely changed. Well, almost. There is the matter of his family, his accent, his name. Oh, and his black ass. Furo must quickly learn to navigate a world made unfamiliar and deal with those who would use him for their own purposes. Taken in by a young woman called Syreeta and pursued by a writer named Igoni, Furo lands his first-ever job, adopts a new name, and soon finds himself evolving in unanticipated ways.

A. Igoni Barrett’s Blackass is a fierce comic satire that touches on everything from race to social media while at the same time questioning the values society places on us simply by virtue of the way we look. As he did in Love Is Power, or Something Like That, Barrett brilliantly depicts life in contemporary Nigeria and details the double-dealing and code-switching that are implicit in everyday business. But it’s Furo’s search for an identity—one deeper than skin—that leads to the final unraveling of his own carefully constructed story.”

Peyton Burgess - The Fry Pans Aren't Sufficing - Maple Street Book Shop

May 20th, 2016

Please join us on Friday, May 20th, at 6PM, when we will be hosting Peyton Burgess, who will be reading from his new short-story collection, The Fry Pans Aren’t Sufficing. More readers will be announced for this event and there will be a crawfish boil.

“The Fry Pans Aren’t Sufficing is funny, but this collection also defines an elemental loneliness. I know these people, their voices, their lives caught between earthy double-entendres in the fun-loving Crescent City. The hard-edged comedy of Burgess’s narrative is shaped and honed, always merciful, and is peppered with dialogue that’s reliable and masterfully executed. Personal and surreal, these poignant survival stories coax the reader into moments of shared feeling, into truth, reflection, and simple beauty.”
-Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of Water Clocks and The Chameleon Couch