NEW ORLEANS

  • Sunday, May 3, at the Jazz Festival
  • “NEW ORLEANS — BOOM AND BLACKOUT”: 1 p.m. Brian Boyles signs his book about the events leading up to the infamous Super Bowl blackout at the Superdome.
  • “FIFOLET”: 2 p.m. Johnette Downing signs her tale about the Cajun legend.

Monday, May 4

  • “AND A BOTTLE OF RUM — A HISTORY OF THE NEW WORLD IN TEN COCKTAILS”: 6:30 p.m., Rosa Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. Wayne Curtis discusses rum’s illustrious past and an historic rum cocktail demonstration and tasting. (504) 596-2660. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.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

  • “DEAR HANK WILLIAMS”: 5 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Kimberly Willis Holt reads and signs her book about a young Louisiana girl’s letters to the singer. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • READING BETWEEN THE VINES: 7 p.m., Pearl Wine Co., American Can Company, 3700 Orleans Ave. Monthly sale-type event with wine, cheese and discussions. www.pearlwineco.com.
  • “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.garden districtbookshop.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.garden districtbookshop.com.
  • “THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU SHORTLY — A PHYSICIAN’S FIRST YEAR”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Matt McCarthy reads and signs his book about the terror and adventure of the first year of medical residency. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Saturday, May 9

  • CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK PARTY: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Authors Kenny Harrison, Marti Dumas and Alex McConduit will be reading and signing their books. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • “THE FURNITURE BIBLE”: 2 p.m., Gallier House, 1126 Royal St.; also, 6 p.m., Balzac Antiques, 3506 Magazine 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. Gallier — (504) 274-0746. www.hgghh.org. Balzac — (504) 899-2668. www.balzacantiques.com.
  • “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.
  • “A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Sarah J. Maas signs the first book in her new series about faeries. (504) 899-7323. www. octaviabooks.com.

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.

Metairie

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 12

  • “THE HOLY MARK”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Author Greg Alexander discusses dreams as a literary device. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

Thursday, May 14

  • “LITTLE BOT AND THE STORY BOX,” “SECRETS OF THE TRUTH” AND “NOT AN ANGEL”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Authors Jonathan Thomas Jones, Jessica Dragon Cheramie and Dawn Chartier discuss their works. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

Tuesday, May 19

  • “THE TAVERN”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Mother-son writing team Patrick and Pat Cheron discuss their book about the New Orleans’ underworld; and also their individual books. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

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.