Tuesday, Nov. 17

  • “THE CHEF NEXT DOOR — A PRO CHEF’S RECIPES FOR FUN, FEARLESS HOME COOKING”: 5 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Celebrity chef Amanda Freitag discusses and signs her latest book. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

“grant park”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Leonard Pitts Jr. reads and signs his novel about race relations through the story of two Chicago journalists. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

  • “SOUTHERN FRIED AND SANCTIFIED — TALES FROM THE BACK DECK”: 6 p.m., Causeway Branch Library, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Deborah Burst will discuss her book about travels and people of the South. (985) 626-9779. sttammany.lib.la.us.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • “LOUISIANA’S SACRED PLACES — CHURCHES, CEMETERIES AND VOODOO”: 5:30 p.m., Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. Deborah Burst discusses her book of historic landscapes and funerary architecture. (504) 596-26541. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.
  • “BUILDING THE LAND OF DREAMS — NEW ORLEANS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF EARLY AMERICA”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Eberhard “Lo” Faber launches his book about the Crescent City’s history. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

“WITNESS TO CHANGE — From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. New Orleans’ former first lady and first mom Sybil Morial discusses her book about race relations and politics in the Crescent City. (504) 889-8143. jefferson.lib.la.us.

“WITCHES OF AMERICA”: 7 p.m., Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Alex Mar will read and sign her book about real witches. Maple Street Book Shop will sell. (504) 866-4916.

  • “SOUTHERN LADIES AND SUFFRAGISTS — JULIA WARD HOWE AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS AT THE 1884 NEW ORLEANS WORLD’S FAIR”: 7 p.m., Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St., New Orleans. Miki Pfeffer reads and discusses her book about women’s issues at and during the fair. (504) 596-2667. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.

Thursday, Nov. 19

  • “COCKTAIL NOIR — FROM GANGSTERS AND GIN JOINTS TO GUMSHOES AND GIMLETS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Scott M. Deitche examines crime and cocktails in true and fictional literature. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

“Bright Lines”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Tanwi Nandini Islam reads and signs the debut novel set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

  • “NEW ORLEANS HOMES AT CHRISTMAS”: 7 p.m., Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave. Bonnie Warren reads and discusses her book of home decor and classic recipes. (504) 596-2630.

Friday, Nov. 20

  • “THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH”: 4 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Deborah Diesen reads and signs her children’s book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Saturday, Nov. 21

  • “THE ABC ANIMAL HOSPITAL”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Daughter and father duo Kelly and Chip Molthrop read and sign their children’s book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Sunday, Nov. 22

  • “THE LEGEND OF L’IL RED”: 1 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Zachary Richard sings, reads and signs his fable of a blind turtle and a one-clawed baby crawfish. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “MY LIFE ON THE ROAD”: 3 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Gloria Steinem reads and signs her latest book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

“under our skin — getting real about race and getting free from the fears and frustrations that divide us”: 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Ben Watson reads and sign his new book. (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.

“the magic strings of Frankie Presto”: 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Mitch Albom presents and signs his novel about a musician and the power of his guitar’s six strings. Tickets acquired through Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Monday, Nov. 23

  • “THE HARD TIMES”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Russell Scott reads and signs his book about how men love and the illegal diamond trade. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

  • “NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS MOMENTS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Photographer Judi Bottoni and Carnival expert Peggy Scott Laborde discuss their collection of photographs and essays. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Monday, Nov. 30

  • “ALL WHO GO DO NOT RETURN — A MEMOIR”: 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Shulem Deen reads and signs his exploration of ultra Orthodox Judasim and one man’s loss of faith. Octavia Books will sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • “UNTIL THE BEAT STOPS”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Stella Mowen discusses and signs her book about social media and cancer patients and survivors. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • “FREEMAN’S —THE BEST NEW WRITING ON ARRIVAL”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. John Freeman, editor, and Garnette Gadogan, contributor, discuss and sign their book. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

“WAY DOWN IN LOUISIANA — Clifton Chenier, cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author Todd Mouton will read and sign, with BeauSoleil frontman David Doucet performing. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • “THE BUTLERS OF IBERVILLE PARISH, LOUISIANA — DUNBOYNE PLANTATION IN THE 1800S”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. David D. Plater discusses and signs his book about antebellum life in Louisiana and the post-war upheavals. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

“NEW ORLEANS LOOKING UP/NEW ORLEANS LOOKING DOWN”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Photographer and graphic artist Tom Varisco discusses and signs his book about the Crescent City. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Friday, Dec. 4

  • “THE POCKETKNIFE BIBLE”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Store, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Anis Majgani will read and sign book of poems and pictures bridging childhood and adulthood. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

“THE HEADMASTER’S DARLINGS —A MOUNTAIN BROOK NOVEL”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Katherine Clark is joined by Pat Conroy to discuss and sign her satirical comedy of manners. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Saturday, Dec. 5

  • “LIFE BETWEEN THE LETTERS”: 11 a.m., Barnes and Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville. Lana Lynne Higginbotham signs copies of her book. (985) 626-8884. barnesandnoble.com.

“Southern Fried and Sanctified ­— Tales From the back Deck”: 11:30 a.m., 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Deborah Burst reads and signs her book about Southern storytelling. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

“Lil’ YAT ADVENTURES”: 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville. Rhonda Valladares signs copies of her book.s (985) 626-8884. barnesandnoble.com.

Monday, Dec. 7

  • “UNDER OUR SKIN — GETTING REAL ABOUT RACE AND GETTING FREE FROM THE FEARS AND FRUSTRATIONS THAT DIVIDE US”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Ben Watson reads and sign his new book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

  • “BESH BIG EASY — 101 HOME COOKED NEW ORLEANS RECIPES”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Chef John Besh signs his latest book about local eats. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • “IRREPRESSIBLE —THE JAZZ AGE LIFE OF HENRIETTA BINGHAM”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Emily Bingham reads and discusses the book about her great aunt and her adventures. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

  • “LOUISIANA WILD — THE PROTECTED AND RESTORED LANDS OF THE NATURE CONSERVANCY”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood signs his latest compilation. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

“LOUISIANA SWAMPS AND MARSHES — Easy-Access hikes and drives”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Author Anne Butler and photographer Henry Cancienne discuss and sign their book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

“CREOLE WORLD — PHOTOGRAPHY OF NEW ORLEANS and the latin caribbean sphere”: 6 p.m., Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. Photographer Richard Sexton presents images and stories from his latest work, available for checkout or purchase. (504) 596-2660. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.

Thursday, Dec. 10

  • PANEL DISCUSSION ON HOW RESEARCH INFORMS BOTH FICTION AND NONFICTION: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Adam Johnson, Gilbert King, Scott Hutchins and Eric Puchner participate and their books will be available for purchase and autograph. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com

Friday, Dec. 11

  • “TIGER HEART — MY UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN DARJEELING, AND WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT FATE, FORTITUDE, AND FINDING FAMILY...HALF A WORLD AWAY ”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Katrell Christie reads and signs her book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Saturday, Dec. 12

  • “A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK — RECIPES FROM IGNATIUS J. REILLY’S NEW ORLEANS”: 8 a.m., Crescent City Farmers Market, 700 Magazine St. Cynthia LeJeune Nobles will be at the market signing her book. Octavia Books will sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “CATAHOULA — LOUISIANA STATE DOG”: 3 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Photographer John Slaughter discusses and signs his book about the Bayou State’s official hound. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Monday, Dec. 14

  • “BESH BIG EASY — 101 HOME COOKED NEW ORLEANS RECIPES”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Chef John Besh signs his latest book about local eats. (504) 899-73232266. octaviabooks.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

  • “NEW ORLEANS — LIFE AND DEATH IN THE BIG EASY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Cheryl Gerber reads and signs her book about Crescent City culture. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “NEW ORLEANS ICONS — IRON LACE”: 7 p.m., Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. Kit Wohl discusses her recent book and several others. (504) 596-2641. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.

Thursday, Dec. 17

  • “NEW ORLEANS HURRICANES FROM THE START”: 11 a.m., Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. Nicholas Meis discusses and signs his book about Crescent City storms since 1718. (504) 596-2641. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.