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.

Morgan McCall Molthrop + Tina Freeman - Andrew Jackson's Playbook + Artist Spaces - Maple Street Book Shop

November 19th, 2014

Morgan McCall Molthrop and Tina Freeman will sign their books at Maple Street Book Shop Wednesday, November 19th, at 6PM.

In Andrew Jackson’s Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success (self published, $20), author Morgan McCall Molthrop examines surprising tactics and innovations that have contributed to New Orleans’ rapid recovery post-Katrina, suggesting that contemporary civic leaders have much in common with U.S. Gen. Andrew Jackson who soundly defeated the “invincible” British Army at the Battle of New Orleans 200 years ago.

Dozens of books have been written about New Orleans’s unique music, culture, and history, but Molthrop analyzes the city’s remarkable resilience from an entirely new perspective. He theorizes that the character traits, tactics and determination Gen. Jackson demonstrated in defeating the far better trained British army are the same characteristics that helped catapult the city’s post-Katrina recovery.

By interviewing a wide array of notable local sources, Molthrop juxtaposes events from 1815 with those of 2005, demonstrating unconventional attack plans that achieved improbable victories. Success tips are categorized with military terminology, including shoring up defenses, using guerrilla tactics, acting with bravado and never forgetting the prize. Readers can reap valuable life lessons along with a fascinating history lesson.

About Tina Freeman’s Artist Spaces:
Few artists have the luxury of separate work and living spaces, thus work and life often end up compressed into a singular personal environment. Artist Spaces, New Orleans provides a comprehensive portrait of the city’s artists and their relationship to space.

In more than one hundred extraordinary photos taken by Tina Freeman and more than a dozen artist interviews by Morgan Molthrop, Artist Spaces, New Orleans highlights the spaces of New Orleans art luminaries George Dureau, Ron Bechet, Ma-Po, Dawn Dedeaux, Elizabeth Shannon, Willie Birch, Ersy, David Halliday, Robert Tannen, Elenora “Rukiya” Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Amy Weiskopf, Keith Duncan, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, and graffiti artist “Fat Boy.”

The interviews and photos provide a perfect complement. While Freeman poetically captures an intensely personal vision of the artists and their spaces, Molthrop unearths what the most accomplished artists in the city have to say about their relationship to that space. What results is an indication that each artist’s style is often reflected in the quality, character, and aesthetic of their living/working environments—a striking illustration of how deeply personal, all-encompassing, and interconnected are life and art.

Story Time with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at 11:30AM - Maple Street Book Shop

November 22nd, 2014

We’ll read Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Lane Smith.

Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem. Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping. But he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits. From Bob Shea and Lane Smith comes this hilarious picture book, Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads.

Sandy Althomsons - Inside a Refugee Crisis - Maple Street Book Shop

November 24th, 2014

Epidemiologist Sandy Althomsons will discuss her book Inside a Refugee Crisis: My Time in South Sudan (self published, $15.99), Monday, November 24th, at 6PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Comprised of raw, honest stories from her time in South Sudan with Doctors Without Borders Inside a Refugee Crisis intimately expresses the frustration and joys of a medical humanitarian mission in the midst of desperate conditions. Please join us.

Small Business Saturday - Maple Street Book Shop

November 29th, 2014

Shop with us on Small Business Saturday, November 29th! We’ll have local author signings all day.
11:30AM Ryan Adams, author of New Orleans Mother Goose.
1PM Madeline Herlong, author of Buddy.
2PM Cornell Landry, author of Goodnight NOLA.
3PM Ryan Murphy, author of What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo.

Moira Crone - The Ice Garden - Maple Street Book Shop

December 4th, 2014

Moira Crone will be at Maple Street Book Shop December 4th at 6PM to read from and sign her new book, The Ice Garden (Carolina Wren Press, $18.95).

Ten-year-old Claire adores her brand-new baby sister, but her mother doesn’t feel the same. Trapped in the suffocating culture of the small-town South in the early 1960s, Claire’s mother tries to cope with her own mental illness and all the expectations placed upon a woman of her class. While Claire’s father remains too dazzled by his beautiful wife to recognize the impending dangers, Claire is left largely on her own to save herself and her baby sister—with mesmerizing and shocking consequences.

Moira Crone is the author of five books of fiction, including stories, and novels. She lives in New Orleans. Her works have appeared in dozens of anthologies and over forty magazines and journals.