Maple Street Book Shop will be open its normal hours, 10-6PM, Labor Day, Monday, September 1st!


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.

Storytime with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at 11:30 at Maple Street Book Shop

September 27th, 2014

We’ll read Brave Chicken Little by Robert Byrd!

Whack! What’s that? Could it be? A piece of the sky! Oh my! Chicken Little and his friends run, run, run to tell the king. Nothing stands in the way except…the sly Foxy Loxy. Surely they have time to stop for lunch with Foxy and his kits. But what happens when Chicken Little and company find themselves on the menu?

What this classic story needs is a new ending and a brave hero. And maybe this time, it’s Chicken Little! Cleverly retold and exquisitely illustrated by Robert Byrd, Brave Chicken Little transforms a cautionary fable into a tale of triumph.

Reading Between the Wines - Pearl Wine Co.

October 1st, 2014

The next Reading Between the Wines will take place Wednesday, October 1st, at 6:30PM at Pearl Wine Co. in the American Can Company (3700 Orleans Ave.). Pearl offers a selection of wines for $5 per glass. The series is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required.

Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site selling books.

Storytime with Miss Maureen - Saturdays at 11:30 at Maple Street Book Shop

October 4th, 2014

We’ll read Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke.

When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” Soon she’s hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn’t a problem anymore for Julia…but getting her housemates to behave themselves is! The simple, sweet text of this picture book by New York Times Best-Selling Zita the Spacegirl author/illustrator Ben Hatke is perfectly balanced by his lush, detailed, immersive watercolor illustrations.

First Tuesday Book Club (October) - River of Shadows - Maple Street Book Shop

October 7th, 2014

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet at 5:45PM, October 7th, to discuss River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit. Newcomers are always welcome!

The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit’s new book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art and technology to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity. The story of Muybridge—who in 1872 succeeded in capturing high-speed motion photographically—becomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of post-Civil War California led directly to the two industries—Hollywood and Silicon Valley—that have most powerfully defined contemporary society.

Ronald Fisher - Mid-City Errands - Maple Street Book Shop

October 9th, 2014

Ron Fisher will read excerpts and sign copies of his book, Mid-City Errands, Thursday, October 9th, at 6PM, at Maple Street Book Shop.

1950s Mid-City comes to life in Mid-City Errands, a new novel that offers a unique view of New Orleans through the eyes of its seven-year old hero Vonny, whose detective exploits take him through the heart of the old neighborhood. The author grew up with his large family in Mid-City, and New Orleanians will enjoy the references to landmarks like Picou’s and the old Bruno’s Bar.

Johnette Downing - Macarooned on a Dessert Island - Maple Street Book Shop

October 11th, 2014

Johnette Downing will be reading and signing her latest book, Macarooned on a Dessert Island, Saturday, October 11th, 11:30-1PM. Join us for what’s sure to be a sweet and delicious time!

A delightful tale of cake, candy, and sweets, this mouthwatering daydream takes you to a magical island where every bit is edible. Sprinkled with cupcake flowers and lollipop trees, this is a land where happiness grows. Even in the land of desserts, healthy snacks abound—fruits, veggies, and more. Punny images and lighthearted verse encourage children to invent an original world of fantasy, fancy, and fun. This is the perfect bedtime story to reawaken a child’s imagination and rekindle family reading time. Rich, dynamic images and playful rhyme serve the reader a dish of fun with a cherry on top. Illustrations create a visual candy land for the eyes by capturing the confectionary details of each sweet treat. The book even includes a scavenger hunt and a recipe for “Easy Breezy Berry Blast.” Yum!

Micheal Blumenthal - The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History - Maple Street Book Shop

October 15th, 2014

Michael Blumenthal will read and sign his latest collection of stories, The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History, at Maple Street Book Shop, Wednesday, October 15th, at 6PM.

Etan Yogev had had no experience in bed—and hardly any outside of it—and it was not without a strong feeling of awkwardness and insecurity that he had first allowed Daphna Flinker to guide his somewhat ambivalent member into her own body, and his lips against her lips. She enjoyed it—this teacherly role—it had been a very long time since she had been able to practice the art of sexual instruction, and there was something exciting and alluring about this—all that innocence in a single place “

A humorous and heartrending portrait of expatriate life, The Greatest Jewish American Lover in Hungarian History draws upon the hazards and confusions that occur when the Old World meets the New. In venues as diverse as Israel, Hungary, Paris, Cambridge, and even Texas, the stories portray life in an increasingly connected and globalized world. Michael Blumenthal displays the erotic zest of Philip Roth and the grim humanism of Isaak Babel.

Michael Blumenthal, formerly director of creative writing at Harvard, graduated from the Cornell Law School with a JD degree in 1974, after studying philosophy and economics at the State University of New York at Binghamton. His eighth book of poems, “No Hurry,” was published by Etruscan Press in 2012. He is currently a visiting professor of law at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Tim Duffy with Little Freddie King and Alabama Slim - We are the Music Makers - Maple Street Book Shop

October 16th, 2014

Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, will be at Maple Street Book Shop Thursday, October 16th, at 6PM, to discuss and sign copies of We Are the Music Makers. Musicians Little Freddie King and Alabama Slim will perform. Please join us!

The book is the result of twenty years working with roots musicians of the American South. After founding Music Maker in 1994, Tim and wife Denise traveled throughout the South photographing and recording musicians hidden by poverty and geography. The Foundation works to assist these musicians in earning an income from their work, while booking them gigs, sharing their music with the world and also helping to alleviate their poverty by providing artist grants through their sustenance program. After releasing their first book, Portraits and Songs from the Roots of America, in 2002, the Duffys wrote this follow-up to both coincide with the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary and to tell stories that were not featured in the first book.

We Are the Music Makers features over 65 photographs taken by Tim Duffy over the past 20 years of artists he has worked with, along with the stories and songs from these musicians. Accompanying the book is a two-disc CD of the same name.

Of the book, B.B. King said, “We are the Music Makers highlights an essential part of our culture, providing us a glimpse into the lives of the amazing, and often little known, musicians of the American South. Tim Duffy has taken every opportunity to sustain a dimension of Blues culture that could easily be lost forever, and nowhere is that more apparent than in his new book.”

Bonnie Raitt added, “The photographs in this book are not only beautiful, but reflect the deep love and dedication The Duffys have for both preserving traditional Blues culture and providing real support and opportunity for these wonderful musicians who might otherwise be forgotten.”

Character sketches and black and white photographs of great American musicians Etta Baker, John Dee Holeman, Jerry ‘Boogie’ McCain, Taj Mahal, Willie King, Othar Turner, Little Freddie King, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ironing Board Sam, and the original guiding light for the Foundation’s formation Guitar Gabriel are shared in the book. The book also highlights other artists nestled deep in southern culture and telling a hidden story of American music. The book also highlights the musician’s place in the southern community, a vital role that serves the laborers.

Ryan Adam - New Orleans Mother Goose - Maple Street Book Shop

October 18th, 2014

Ryan Adam will read and sign New Orleans Mother Goose Saturday, October 18th, 11:30-1PM at Maple Street Book Shop.

Mother Goose takes a trip down South in this new and hilarious collection of nursery rhymes. A cast of classical characters is reimagined on a streetcar, in the French Quarter, and on the bayous. Come celebrate the fun of the Crescent City with such rhymes as “Peter, Peter Gumbo Mixer,” “Old King Rex,” and “Sing, Song of Parades.” Witty and charming, these jazzy rhymes will delight every Jacques and Gilles. Bright illustrations lovingly depict the sights and sounds of the city. Mardi Gras, music, and food are just some of the topics included with a light touch and a sense of humor. This collection will become a favorite read-aloud for locals and visitors alike.

Mary Monsted - Miss Mary's Musical Gumbo - Maple Street Book Shop

October 23rd, 2014

Mary Monsted will sign her CD Miss Mary’s Musical Gumbo Chants, Stories, and Musical Movement Activities for Young Children at Maple Street Book Shop Thursday, October 23rd, 6-8PM. Please join us!

Miss Mary brings children’s music to your ears with her album, Miss Mary’s Musical Gumbo. This CD provides a resource for Pre-School and Elementary teachers, carpool parents, children, and grandparents. Children are able to listen, play, sing, move, and pretend with the songs, chants, stories, and musical movement activities on the “Musical Gumbo” CD. Lyrics are included for 26 songs lasting 43 minutes. Subject matter contained on the CD covers a broad spectrum of ideas.

Mary Monsted grew up in Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a Master’s Degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a certified teacher in Louisiana, specializing in Kindergarten and the Elementary Grades. After thirty-five years in the pre-school classroom setting, she retired to help other teachers in their classrooms by compiling this CD. She has taught in both public and private schools, including New Orleans public schools, St. Mark’s Catholic School, Academy of the Sacred Heart, Tulane University’s Newcomb Nursery School, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

Currently, she teaches piano to children and adults, and is a church pianist on Sundays. She is a member of Metairie Music Club which promotes music locally, statewide, and nationally.

Rm 220 Presents: Eli Horowitz - Press Street HQ

October 29th, 2014

Rm 220 presents Eli Horowitz, Wednesday, October 29th at 7PM at the Press St. HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.). He’ll be reading from his latest work, The Silent History. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site to sell books.

It begins as a statistical oddity: a spike in children born with acute speech delays. Physically normal in every way, these children never speak and do not respond to speech; they don’t learn to read, don’t learn to write. As the number of cases grows to an epidemic level, theories spread. Maybe it’s related to a popular antidepressant; maybe it’s environmental. Or maybe these children have special skills all their own.

The Silent History unfolds in a series of brief testimonials from parents, teachers, friends, doctors, cult leaders, profiteers, and impostors (everyone except, of course, the children themselves), documenting the growth of the so-called silent community into an elusive, enigmatic force in itself—alluring to some, threatening to others. Both a bold storytelling experiment and a propulsive reading experience, Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett’s The Silent History is at once thrilling, timely, and timeless.

Eli Horowitz was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s. He is the co-author of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of Ping-Pong; and The New World, a collaboration with Chris Adrian, forthcoming from FSG.

Press Street’s Room 220 is now a virtual clearing house for news about New Orleans book and literature culture. In addition to an extensive online presence, Room 220 hosts a variety of workshops, lectures, and events focusing on all things written.

First Tuesday Book Club (November) - Maple Street Book Shop

November 4th, 2014

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, November 4th, at 5:45PM at Maple Street Book Shop. Their November seletion is Touchstone Laurie R. King. Newcomers are always welcome!

New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall in this gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions.

Once studied by British intelligence for his excruciating sensitivity to the world’s turmoil, Bennett Grey has withdrawn from the world–until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to assess Grey’s potential as a weapon in a new kind of warfare.

Agent Harris Stuyvesant needs Grey’s help to enter a realm where the rich and the radical exist side by side–a heady mix of power, celebrity, and sexuality that conceals the free world’s deadliest enemy. Soon Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and-even more dangerously-falling in love with another. As he sifts through secrets divulged and kept, he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy, and wonders if he can trust anyone, even his touchstone.

Reading Between the Wines - Pearl Wine Co.

November 5th, 2014

November’s Reading Between the Wines will take place Wednesday, November 5th, at 6:30PM at Pearl Wine Co. in the American Can Company (3700 Orleans Ave.). Pearl offers a selection of wines for $5 per glass. The series is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required.

Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site selling books.

James Nolan - You Don't Know Me - Maple Street Book Shop

November 6th, 2014

James Nolan will be reading and signing You Don’t Know Me at Maple Street Book Shop Thursday, November 6th, at 6PM.

In this collection of interrelated short stories, James Nolan swings wide open the courtyard gates of a city fabled both for its good times and bad. With ten new stories plus ten from his acclaimed previous volume, Perpetual Care, he introduces us to a quirky village of universal characters at crisis moments: white, black, and Hispanic; young, middle-aged, and elderly; straight and gay; women and men. We meet fatherless boys, Creole spinsters, and lying hustlers, a pregnant teenager, a concert pianist searching for his roots, a crooked homicide detective, a Carnival-parade king hiding in a Dunkin’ Donuts, a pistol-packing babysitter, and a codger who plots to blow up an overpass. Bookended by two post-Katrina stories, this collection takes us from the secretive hive of the French Quarter to decaying cemeteries, from Gentilly to Uptown to family dramas in the suburbs. With mordant dark humor, James Nolan paints a wry, disturbing but affectionately human portrait of his hometown for those who think they already know New Orleans, and what it means. But until you turn the addictive pages of these stories, you don’t—not really.