Events

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.

Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin

March 22nd, 2017

Please join us on Wednesday, March 22, at 6PM, when we will have poets Anne Babson and Alison Pelegrin at the store, reading from and signing copies of their books.


Anne Babson’s poetry has been nominated four times for the Pushcart. She has won awards from Columbia, Atlanta Review, Grasslands Review, and other reviews. Her work has been published in the US, in England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Turkey. She was included in a British anthology of the best working American poets today entitled Seeds of Fire (Smokestack Books, 2008) and is another British Anthology related to political unrest in England entitled Emergency Verse (Caparison Books, 2011). She has four chapbooks, over a hundred journal publications, including work recently featured in in Iowa Review, Barrow Street, Atlanta Review, and many others. She is featured on a compilation hip-hop CD— The Cornerstone (New Lew Music, 2007). She has read her work for national radio programs and has appeared on television in the United States and in Taiwan. Catch her blog about her North-South culture shock at www.carpetbaggersjournal.com.


“In Waterlines, Louisiana native Alison Pelegrin gives us poems that describe the terrible power of nature even as they underscore the state’s beauty. The poet moves from the familiar gaudy delights of life in New Orleans to immerse the reader in the vastly different experience of living north of Lake Pontchartrain. In this fractured world, the Bogue Falaya River becomes a highway paved with benedictions, psalms, and praise for ordinary things, as Pelegrin searches the unfamiliar for an incarnation of home.

Water-the threat of hurricanes and floods, as well as the tangled geographies and histories of the rivers and lakes themselves-sustains the poet as she settles into the casual beauty of “the daily route,” finding spiritual depth and delight in both human and natural wonders.”

The author of three previous poetry collections, Alison Pelegrin has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. She teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University.

A Dog Steals Home - Kathleen Schrenk

April 1st, 2017


Please join us as we will be hosting Kathleen Schrenk, who will be singing copies of her new book, “A Dog Steals Home,” on Saturday, April 1st, from 11:30 AM – 1PM.

Nothing in Zach Stewart’s life has ever been as complicated as the sixth grade. Between preparing for the arrival of his new baby brother (otherwise known as “the little lizard”) and keeping up with the baseball team, Zach is being pulled in more directions than he can handle. The only thing he really wants is to adopt a new puppy, but his parents keep insisting that the timing just isn’t right. To Zach, it’s looking more and more like this new baby is going to bring nothing but trouble.

That’s why Zach decides to do his final research project on the community animal shelter. If he proves how responsible he is with animals, there’s no way his parents will keep him from getting a puppy. Zach is certain that he’ll not only get the dog he wants but also prove to his baseball team that he’s the best choice for first pitcher.

Everything seems to be going perfectly-until something happens that Zach could never have predicted. Audrey, a girl in his class with a tragic and secret past, suddenly disappears from her home without a trace. Zach knows he is the only one who can find Audrey and convince her to come home. He might have to put his new puppy and his baseball career on the line-but he might just learn something along the way.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Kathleen worked as a speech and language therapist in the public schools and taught middle school science and language arts for twenty years. She is a founding board member of NOLA City Bark, the first off-leash dog park in New Orleans(2010), and the author of Bark Bits, the dog park’s monthly newsletter. Kathleen also serves on the board of the Louisiana SPCA.

Room 220 presents: Jami Attenberg - All Grown Up

April 6th, 2017


ROOM 220 hosts the book launch for Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at Saturn Bar (3067 St. Claude Avenue). Zachary Lazar will interview Attenberg after the reading. Maple Street will be on-hand to sell copies of the book!

Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Lenny Letter and others. In March 2017, HMH Books will release her novel All Grown Up. It will also be published in the UK, Italy, Holland, Poland, France and Germany.

Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and has been optioned by Showtime. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 in the U.S. and the UK, and in Italy, France and Germany in 2016, and has been optioned by Fable Pictures.

She divides her time between New Orleans, LA and Brooklyn, NY.

Crescent City Snow - Megan Braden-Perry

April 15th, 2017


Please join us on Saturday, April 15, from 11:30AM-1PM, when we will be hosting Megan Braden-Perry, author of Crescent City Snow: The Ultimate Guide to New Orleans Snowball Stands!

Crescent City Snow is part guidebook, part diary, and part biography of fifty snowball stands and their customers in the greater New Orleans area. Keep a copy of Crescent City Snow in the car for when you want to try a new place, and use the table in the back to record your own observations.

Megan Braden-Perry is a native New Orleanian, Dillard University alum, and mother of a three-year-old boy named Franklin. She’s highly motivated by food and drink and, according to her friend Jenny Martin, “will talk to the devil for a sandwich.” Aside from eating and drinking, she enjoys attending cultural and political events, often with her son, as to “train up a child” in hopes he’ll do the right thing and attend an HBCU. She’s been published in Essence, NY Daily News, Jezebel, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune, Gambit, and Where Y’at Magazine. She is the also the author of the children’s book, Allen the Alligator Counts Through New Orleans.