NEW ORLEANS

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 choices. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

Tuesday, April 21

  • “MEMORY MAN”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. David Baldacci signs and discusses his 30th book, about a man who remembers everything, including the brutal murder of his family. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Wednesday, April 22

  • “SHAKING UP PROHIBITION IN NEW ORLEANS — AUTHENTIC VINTAGE COCKTAILS FROM A TO Z”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Editor Gay Leonhardt discusses and signs her recipe guide with beverages from the era of the speakeasy. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com

Thursday, April 23

  • “DEAR HANK WILLIAMS”: 4:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Kimberly Willis Holt signs and discusses her book which is a series of letters from a Louisiana girl to the rising star. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.
  • “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.

Friday, April 24

  • “CAPITAL DAMES — THE CIVIL WAR AND THE WOMEN OF WASHINGTON, 1848-1868”: 10 a.m., Benjamin Franklin High School, 2001 Leon C. Simon Drive. Political commentator and author Cokie Roberts will present and sign copies of her new book that chronicles the women of the era. Reservations required. Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Monday, April 27

  • “FLOOD OF IMAGES — MEDIA, MEMORY AND HURRICANE KATRINA”: 5 p.m., Cafe Instanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Author Bernie Cook and filmmakers Katherine Cecil, Luisa Dantas and Rebecca Snedeker discuss his book and screen and discuss scenes from “Land of Opportunity,” “Race” and “Faubourg Treme.” (504) 975-0286. www.cafeinstanbulnola.com.

Tuesday, May 5

  • “DELTA 88”: 7 p.m., Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave. Chris Chambers reads from his collection of flash fiction pieces for the 1718 Society. Maple Street Book Shop. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Wednesday, May 6

  • “THE BONE TREE”: 7:30 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Greg Iles signs and discusses his thriller about corruption, racism, history and what people will do for their family. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Thursday, May 7

  • “THE FURNITURE BIBLE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Christophe Pourny discusses and signs his overview of favorite techniques—ceruse, vernis anglais and water gilding, with step-by-step photographs to replicate each technique. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Saturday, May 9

  • “THE LOCALIST — THINK INDEPENDENT, BUY LOCAL AND RECLAIM THE AMERICAN DREAM”: 4 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Carrie Rollwagen discusses and signs her book about localist adventure as she embraces slow food, small business and the locavore movement. (504) 899-7323.

Tuesday, May 12

  • “NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PLAYHOUSE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Irvin Mayfield signs and discusses his book with seven CDs on his experiences as a New Orleans native, jazz musician and the influences in his life including musicians, artists, photographers, chefs, teachers and mentors. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Thursday, May 14

  • “DO NOT OPEN FOR 50 YEARS”: Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Patty Friedmann signs her book about the aftermath of Katrina in the final installment of The Cooper Family Saga. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Saturday, May 16

  • “WALKING NEW ORLEANS”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Barri Bronston signers her book about 30 self-guided walking tours throughout the city. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Sunday, May 17

  • “THE LADIES OF MANAGUA”: 4 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Eleni Gage will discuss and sign her novel about 1950s New Orleans and war-torn Nicaragua and how it affects three generations of women. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Wednesday, May 20

  • “WE’RE STILL HERE YA BASTARDS — HOW THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS REBUILT THEIR CITY”: 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 2903 Jefferson Ave. Roberta Gratz lectures and signs her book about the people who returned to the city following Hurricane Katrina and their work to revive the Crescent City. Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Sunday, May 26

  • “MILLION DOLLAR ROAD”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Amy Conner discusses and signs her Louisiana novel of a young woman yearning for a better existence and the secret longings that will change the lives of those around her. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

METAIRIE

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. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Thursday, April 23

  • “THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Gary L. Stewart discusses his book about his decade-long hunt for his birth father. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us.

Tuesday, May 5

  • “THE DARKNESS SURVIVES”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Sally Michelle Jackson reads and discusses her book about honeymooners and strange goings on in the Crescent City. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

Saturday, May 9

  • “NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PLAYHOUSE”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Irvin Mayfield signs and discusses his book with seven CDs on his experiences as a New Orleans native, jazz musician and the influences in his life including musicians, artists, photographers, chefs, teachers and mentors. (504) 455-4929. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Tuesday, May 26

  • “THE BOOK OF LIFE”: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Deborah Harkness reads and signs her sequel and finale to “A Discovery of Witches” and “Shadow of Night.” (504) 455-4929. www.barnesandnoble.com.

MANDEVILLE

Saturday, May 9

  • “CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL — THANKS TO MY MOM, 101 STORIES OF GRADITUDE, LOVE AND LESSONS”: Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10. Mary Beth Magee signs copies of this and other books she has written or contributed to. (985) 626-8884. www.barnesandnoble.com.