Book events

NEW ORLEANS

Monday, March 9

  • “SEVEN WONDERS — THE CURSE OF THE KING”: 3:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author Peter Lerangis signs and discusses the fourth book in his young adult series about a young man and the seven ancient wonders. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Wednesday, March 11

  • “THE IRISH IN NEW ORLEANS”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Laura D. Kelley signs and discusses her novel about the Irish immigrants in New Orleans. (504) 866-4916.

Friday, March 13

  • “THE INTERIOR CIRCUIT — A MEXICO CITY CHRONICLE”: 5 p.m., Stone Auditorium, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Francisco Goldman discusses his most recent book. Maple Street Bookstore will sell copies. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

“I Left It on the mountain”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Kevin Sessums signs his memoir about his life as a writer and his spiritual redemption found while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. (504) 895-2266.

Sunday, March 15

  • “A TASTE FOR CHAOS — THE ART OF IMPROVISATION IN LITERATURE”: 2 p.m., The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St. Randy Fertel launches his new book about the concept of improvisation and how it impacts words, music, arts and lives. RSVP. (504) 524-2940. www.crt.state.la.us.

Wednesday, March 18

  • “THE OTHER JOSEPH”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Skip Horack signs his novel about a Louisiana man’s search for his late brother’s legacy. (504) 895-2266.

“DESIRE & DISASTER IN NEW ORLEans — tourism, race and historical memory”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Lynnell L. Thomas highlights the ways popular culture and public policy converge to create a mythology of racial harmony that masks a long history of inequality. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Saturday, March 21

  • “MEDITATION IS AN OPEN SKY — MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Whitney Stewart will read and sign her book about daily meditation for young people. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Sunday, March 22

  • “BLUE STEEL CRUCIFIX”: 2 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Former federal prosecutor Sal Perricone reads and signs his book about a young Native American lawyer, corrupt politicians and law-enforcement officials, the mob and murder in New Orleans. (504) 895-2266.
  • “DRUNK ON SALT” AND “THE LAND BARON’S SON”: 3 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St. Poets James Nolan and Genaro Ky Ly Smith read and sign their new collections. (504) 866-9359.

Tuesday, March 24

  • “FOLLIES OF GOD — TENNESSEE WILLIAMS AND THE WOMEN OF THE FOG”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. John Grissom discusses and signs his book about his dealings with Williams and those close to him. (504) 895-2266.

Wednesday, March 25

  • “WHAT STANDS IN A STORM — THREE DAYS IN THE WORST SUPERSTORM TO HIT THE SOUTH’S TORNADO ALLEY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Kim Cross signs and discusses her book about the April 2011 tornadoes that devastated Alabama and 20 other states. (504) 895-2266.

Saturday, March 28

  • “SNOWBALLS FOR ALL” AND “IT’S GREAT TO BE A NOLA KID”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Alexander McConduit and Melissa Wallace will sign and discuss their children’s books in New Orleans. (504) 866-4916.

Thursday, April 16

  • “SOIL”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Jamie Kornegay discusses and signs his book about a paranoid farmer’s life slowly crumbles with the death of a tourist on his farm. (504) 895-2266.

Sunday, April 19

  • “CHOOSING THE SIMPLY LUXURIOUS LIFE — A MODERN WOMAN’S GUIDE”: 2 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Shannon Ables discusses and signs her book about making proper choices that affect women’s lives. (504) 895-2266.

Thursday, April 23

  • “IN THE WAKE OF THE FLAGSHIP”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Fredrick Barton discusses and signs his satire chronicling one man’s battle against bureaucracy and corruption. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

METAIRIE

Tuesday, March 10

  • “IRISH IN NEW ORLEANS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Historian Laura D. Kelley talks about her book and the Irish experience in New Orleans. (504) 889-81432.

Tuesday, March 17

  • “THE ICE GARDEN”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Moira Crone discusses her book about small-town life in the South during the 1960s. (504) 889-8143.

Thursday, March 19

  • “ROYAL AND ST. LOUIS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Renee Austell discusses her book about corporate mayhem and murder. (504) 889-8143.

Thursday, March 26

  • “TAI CHI AMERICAN STYLE”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Terry Rappold discusses his simple guide to healthy living for those leading busy, fast-paced lives. (504) 889-8143.

Saturday, March 28

  • “SOCK SPOT”: 11:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Neil William Pierson read and sign his book about lost socks and teaches children to pick up after themselves. (504) 455-4929.

Wednesday, April 1

  • “TEMPESTA’S DREAM”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Chip Lococo discusses his work about a young singer’s quest for opera stardom and love. (504) 889-8143.

Thursday, April 9

  • “NEW ORLEANS BOOM AND BLACKOUT”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Brian W. Boyles discusses his book about the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. (504) 889-8143.

Wednesday, April 15

  • “RUSSELL LONG — A LIFE IN POLITICS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. ULL professor Michael Martin discusses his book about the former U.S. senator. (504) 889-8143.

Tuesday, April 21

  • “DELTA JEWELS — IN SEARCH OF MY GRANDMOTHER’S WISDOM”: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor Alysia Burton Steele combines photos and narrative of more than 50 female church elders in Mississippi. (504) 455-4929.

MANDEVILLE

Saturday, March 28

  • “IT’S GREAT TO BE A NOLA KID”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10. Melissa Wallace will sign her children’s coloring book. (985) 626-8884.

Saturday, April 11

  • “WINGS OVER NEW ORLEANS”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10. John Taylor discusses his book of photography about the recording sessions of the rock group Wings while they were working at Allen Toussaint’s studio. (985) 626-8884.