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.

Story Time with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at Maple Street Book Shop

February 6th, 2016

We’ll read Parade by Donald Crews. Illustrations and brief text describe a parade—the spectators, street vendors, marchers, bands, floats, and the cleanup afterwards.

Maple Street Book Club: February - Yuri Herrera - Signs Preceding The End of the World

February 11th, 2016

Maple Street employee Jasper den Hartigh is starting a book club! The first meeting is February 11th at 5PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Refreshments will be served.

The first book is Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World, and the author will be joining us for the discussion!

“Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.
Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.”

Nancy Backus Roniger - A Bayou Home - Maple Street Book Shop

February 13th, 2016

On Saturday, February 13, at 11:30 AM we will be hosting Nancy Backus Roniger, author of A Bayou Home; The Adventure of Swampmaster Bejeaux. Nancy has been a teacher at many schools in the area, including Ursuline Academy, Mt. Carmel, Jesuit, and Christ Episcopal.

Lose yourself in the swamps and bayous of South Louisiana and enter a world of swamp creatures whose leader is an alligator named Swampmaster Bejeaux. Swampmaster Bejeaux goes on an action-packed adventure and encounters the Cajun world of fais do-dos, hunting camps, the loup-garou, and black magic. Along the way you will meet his swamp friends, several of whom save the day for our alligator.

Room 220: Souffles-Anfas - Antenna Gallery

February 25th, 2016

On Thursday, February 25, at 7PM, Room 220 are presenting a reading from Souffles-Anfas at the Antenna Gallery at 3718 St. Claude Ave. Maple Street Book Shop will be on hand to sell copies of the book.

Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics introduces and makes available, for the first time in English, an incandescent corpus of experimental leftist writing from North Africa. Founded in 1966 by Abdellatif Laâbi and a small group of avant-garde Moroccan poets and artists and banned in 1972, Souffles-Anfas was one of the most influential literary, cultural, and political reviews to emerge in postcolonial North Africa. An early forum for tricontinental postcolonial thought and writing, the journal published texts ranging from experimental poems, literary manifestos, and abstract art to political tracts, open letters, and interviews by contributors from the Maghreb, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The essays, poems, and artwork included in this anthology-by the likes of Abdelkebir Khatibi, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Albert Memmi, Etel Adnan, Sembene Ousmane, Rene Depestre, and Mohamed Melehi-offer a unique window into the political and artistic imaginaries of writers and intellectuals from the Global South, and resonate with particular acuity in the wake of the Arab Spring. A critical introduction and section headnotes make this collection the perfect companion for courses in postcolonial theory, world literature, and poetry in translation.

Urban Revolutions - Emilie Bahr - Maple Street Book Shop

March 3rd, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, March 3rd, at 6 PM, when we will be hosting Emilie Bahr, author of Urban Revolutions.

Urban Revolutions is a different kind of cycling book. Author Emilie Bahr draws on her own experience as an everyday cyclist and a transportation planner in New Orleans to demystify urban bicycling in this visually-compelling and fun-to-read field guide. What does it mean for a city to be bike-friendly? What makes bicycling a women’s issue? What does it take to feel safe on a bike? How do you bike to work in the summer and still look professional? What is the most fun you can possibly have on two wheels without having to become an athlete? Bahr answers all these questions and more in her friendly and thoughtful essays and detailed practical tips.

Z.W. Mohr - Desdemona's Dreams Volume 1: To Dream of Dancing - Maple Street Book Shop

March 5th, 2016

Join us for the launch party of Z.W. Mohr’s children’s book, Desdemona’s Dreams, Volume 1: To Dream of Dancing, 11:30-1PM, Saturday, March 5th, at Maple Street Book Shop!

Raised in the small town of Remsy by her mysterious aunts and guardian teddy bear, eleven year old Desdemona has always had a hard time relating to the waking world. The elaborate world of dreams she often travels to starts to take on a very real life, and soon she is battling a mad maestro to keep her dream of dancing from being stolen away.

This is the first book in the fully illustrated series, Desdemona’s Dreams. A story not only about the beauty of a child’s imagination, but how dreams shape the very world around us. Always remember, you’re dreams are worth fighting for.

Louisiana Women Volume 2 - Maple Street Book Shop

March 15th, 2016

Celebrate the publication of Louisiana Women, Volume 2, at Maple Street Book Shop Tuesday, March 15th, at 6pm! Co-editor Mary Farmer-Kaiser and contributing writers Shannon Frystak, Tania Tetlow, and Leslie Gail Parr will read!

Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, volume 2, highlights the significant historical contributions of some of Louisiana’s most noteworthy and also overlooked women from the eighteenth century to the present. This volume underscores the cultural, social, and political distinctiveness of the state as well as showcases the actions and activities of women who greatly affected the history of Louisiana in profound and interesting ways.

These essays on women at the forefront of Louisiana and national events include information about Sarah Morgan; Janet Mary Riley; Lindy Claiborne Boggs; Lucy Alston Pirrie; Appoline Patout, Mary Ann Patout, and Ida Patout Burns; Lulu White; Neda Jurisich, Eva Vujnovich, and Mary Jane Munsterman Tesvich; Carmelite “Cammie” Garrett Henry; Alice Dunbar-Nelson; Coralie Guarino Davis; Lucinda Williams; Rebecca Wells; Phoebe Bryant Hunter; Cora Allen; Sarah Towles Reed; and Georgia M. Johnson

Contributors: Janet Allured on Janet Mary Riley; Court Carney on Lucinda Williams; Emily Clark on the women from Congo Square in New Orleans; Brittney Cooper on Cora Allen; Mark J. Duvall on Phoebe Bryant Hunter; Lucy Gutman with Shannon Frystack on Carmelite “Cammie” Garrett Henry; Emily Epstein Landau on Lulu White; Hellen S. Lee on Alice Dunbar-Nelson; Leslie Gale Parr on Sarah Towles Reed; Giselle Roberts on Sarah Morgan; Lee Sartain on Georgia M. Johnson; Sara Brooks Sundberg on Lucy Alston Pirrie; Tania Tetlow on Lindy Claiborne Boggs; Susan Tucker on Coralie Guarino Davis; Michael Wade on Appoline Patout, Mary Ann Patout, and Ida Patout Burns; Carolyn E. Ware on Neda Jurisich, Eva Vujnovich, and Mary Jane Munsterman Tesvich; Beth Willinger on the New Orleans Christian Woman’s Exchange; Mary Ann Wilson on Rebecca Wells.

Adrian Van Young - Shadows in Summerland - Maple Street Book Shop

April 21st, 2016

On Thursday, April 21st, at 6 PM, we will be celebrating the release of Adrian Van Young’ new book, Shadows in Summerland. Adrian Will be reading from and signing copies of the book.

Boston, 1859. A nation on the brink of war.

Confidence men prowl the streets for fresh marks. Mediums swindle the newly bereaved. Into this world of illusion and intrigue comes William Mumler, a manipulating mastermind and criminal jeweler. Mumler hopes to make his fortune by photographing spirits for Boston’s elite. The key to his venture: a shy girl named Hannah who sees and manifests the dead and washes up on Boston’s harbor along with her strange, intense mother, Claudette.

As Mumler and Hannah’s fame grows throughout Boston, everybody wants a piece: Bill Christian, a brothel tough; Algernon Child, a drunken rival; Fanny A. Conant, a sly suffragette; and William Guay, a religious fanatic. These rogues among a host of others, including the great spirit rapper Kate Fox, form powerful bonds with the spirit photographers, one of which will end in murder. Mumler’s first and last mistake: the dead cannot be made to heel.

Roughly based on the real-life story of William H. Mumler, spirit photographer and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler, Shadows in Summerland immerses the reader in a shifting world of light and shade where nothing is quite what it seems at first glance. A soaring and resplendently Gothic novel spanning three decades, it is as much an homage to the Golden Age ghost stories of Edith Wharton and Henry James as it is a companion to the revisionist historical epics of Peter Carey and Sarah Waters, with a little steampunk all its own.