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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.
Rebecca Snedeker - Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas - Uptown
December 11th, 2013
We’ll be hosting a reading of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas with Rebecca Snedeker (the local editor for the book), as well as local contributors Nathaniel Rich, Dana Logsdon, Joel Dinerstein, and students from the Big Class Unfathomable City map-making workshop. It’s Wednesday, December 11th at 6PM at our Uptown shop (7529 Maple Street). Refreshments from Angelo Brocato’s!
Rebecca Snedeker is an Emmy Award-winning independent filmmaker and New Orleans resident.
Nathaniel Rich is the author of two novels: Odds Against Tomorrow and The Mayor’s Tongue. His essays and short fiction have appeared in: Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and The Paris Review. Rich currently lives in New Orleans.
Dana Logsdon, who was born and raised in New Orleans, was inspired by her grandmothers to bake for love. She co-owned La Spiga Bakery from 1996â€“2007. Currently, she is the head baker at Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream and Confectionary and in her spare time researches and writes about New Orleans’s baking history.
Joel Dinerstein is director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University and an associate professor in the Department of English. He is the author of an award-winning cultural history of big-band swing, Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture between the World Wars, and several articles on second-line traditions.
Story Time with Miss Maureen - Saturdays, 11:30AM - Uptown
December 14th, 2013
We’ll read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.
Maple Street Book Shop Holiday Party with John Besh - Cooking From the Heart - Uptown
December 19th, 2013
James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh will be signing his new cookbook, Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way, Thursday, December 19th, 6-8PM at our Uptown shop (7529 Maple Street). The book, hardcover, is $40.00. We’ll also have his earlier books, My New Orleans: The Cookbook and My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking. If you are hoping to buy multiple books, we suggest you call to reserve your copies in advance to ensure availability.
In Cooking from the Heart, Chef Besh shares the lessons he’s learned from his mentors through 140 accessible recipes and cooking lessons. Featuring lush photography, inspiring personal stories, and a rich expanse of culinary knowledge, Cooking from the Heart is the next best thing to having an apprenticeship with Chef Besh! Cooking from the Heart, Chef John Besh’s third cookbook, revisits the locations, lessons, and mentors that shaped his culinary journey. From Germany’s Black Forest to the mountains of Provence, each chapter highlights heartfelt memories and delicious recipes—the framework for his love of food.
The all-new, easy-to-follow recipes, complete with regional substitution suggestions, make creating upscale farm-to-table dishes accessible for any at-home chef. The rich production values and personal narrative make this cookbook an equally engaging read.
First Tuesday Book Club (January) - The Imperfectionists - Uptown
January 7th, 2014
The First Tuesday Book Club‘s January meeting will be at 5:45PM, Tuesday, January 7th, at our Uptown shop (7529 Maple Street). They’ll be discussing The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. Newcomers are always welcome!
One of most acclaimed books of the year (in 2010), Tom Rachman’s debut novel follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters and editors of an English-language newspaper in Rome.
Tom Rachman was born in London and raised in Vancouver. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia School of Journalism, he has been a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, stationed in Rome. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He lives in Rome.
Jesmyn Ward - Men We Reaped - Uptown
January 24th, 2014
Jesmyn Ward will be reading from and signing Men We Reaped at our Uptown shop (7529 Maple Street) Friday, January 24th, at 6PM.
In four years, five young men dear to Ward died of various causes, from drug overdose to accident to suicide, but the underlying cause of their deaths was a self-destructive spiral born of hopelessness. Surrounded by so much death and sorrow, Ward closely examined the heartbreakingly relentless deaths of her young relatives and friends growing up in the small town of DeLisle, Mississippi, with few job prospects and little to engage their time and talents other than selling and using drugs and alcohol. She herself had partially escaped, going on to college in Michigan and California; but the pull of close family ties and a deep appreciation of southern culture lured her back each summer. Ward, author of Salvage the Bones (2011), lovingly profiles each of those she lost, including a brother, a cousin, and close friends, and their tragic ends as she weaves her family history and details her own difficulties of breaking away from home and the desperate need to do so. This is beautifully written homage, with a pathos and understanding that come from being a part of the culture described. —Vanessa Bush, Booklist
“An important contemporary voice: a sensitive, lyrical narrator of difficult stories from the land of Faulkner and Welty.” —he New York Times
“[Ward] chronicles our American story in language that is raw, beautiful and dangerous…[Her] singular voice and her full embrace of her anger and sorrow set this work apart from those that have trodden similar ground…with loving and vivid recollection, she returns flesh to the bones of statistics and slows her ghosts to live again…[It’s a] complicated and courageous testimony.”—Tayari Jones, The New York Times Book Review
“Heart-wrenching… brilliant book about beauty and death…at once a coming-of-age story and a kind of mourning song… filled [with] intimate and familial moments, each described with the passion and precision of the polished novelist Ward has become… Ward is one of those rare writers who’s traveled across America’s deepening class rift with her sense of truth intact. What she gives back to her community is the hurtful honesty of the best literary art.” —Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times”
“A memoir about loss in rural Mississippi that burns with brilliance.”—Harper’s Bazaar
Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, for which she won the 2011 National Book Award, and was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Literary Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as a nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Joshua Field Millburn + Ryan Nicodemus - Everything that Remains - Uptown
February 5th, 2014
Joshua Field Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus will be discussing their book “Everything That Remains“: 6:30PM, Wednesday, February 5th.
Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want.
Until he didn’t anymore.
Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism and everything started to change.
That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.
So, when everything was gone, what was left?
Not a how-to book, but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.
Together, Millburn and Nicodemus founded TheMinimalists.com, a website with more than 2 million readers, where they write about living life with less money, less stuff, and more meaning. Their story has been featured on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Elle Canada, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Austin American-Statesman, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun, LA Weekly, Zen Habits, and numerous other outlets.