• ew Orleans area Book events

NEW ORLEANS

Tuesday, April 7

  • “LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY”: 4:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Mike Curato will read and sign his children’s book about a polka-dotted elephant. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.
  • “DEEP-ROOTED WISDOM — SKILLS AND STORIES FROM GENERATIONS OF GARDENERS”: 7 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation Symposium, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Victory Avenue, City Park, New Orleans. Augustus “Jenks” Farmer is the symposium speaker and will sign his book. $45, includes reception and garden tours. (504) 483-9473. www.neworleanscitypark.com/botanical-garden/nobgf-symposium.

Wednesday, April 8

  • “SONG OF MY LIFE — A BIGOGRAPHY OF MARGARET WALKER” AND “A DARING LIFE — A BIOGRAPHY OF EUDORA WELTY”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Carolyn Brown signs and discusses her books about southern authors. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Thursday, April 9

  • “NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR — RACE, POLITICS AND A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Loyola historian Justin Nystrom presents and signs his book about the Crescent City following the war. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Saturday, April 11

  • “HUNGRY FOR LOUISIANA — AN OMNIVORE’S JOURNEY”: 8 a.m., Crescent City Farmers Market, 700 Magazine St. Maggie Heyn Richardson signs her book about how deeply food informs the identity of Louisiana’s residents. Garden District Book Shop. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrict bookshop.com.
  • “GUMBO”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Food editor and author Dale Curry presents, signs and offers tastings from her “Savor the South” book about this quintessential Louisiana dish. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.
  • “THE ART OF ASKING — HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LET PEOPLE HELP ME”: 9 p.m., Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave. Singer, pianist and writer Amanda Palmer will perform then sign books at this event. $30 for the show, book not included. Purchase books through Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Monday, April 13

  • “HOT PURSUIT”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Stuart Woods reads and signs his latest book in the Stone Barrington series. (504) 899-7323.

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 that slowly crumbles with the death of a tourist on his farm. (504) 895-2266.

Saturday, April 18

  • “DIFFERENT SPRINGS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. L. Kevin Coleman reads and signs his novel and offer a flamenco guitar presentation. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

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.

Metairie

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. UL-Lafayette 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.

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, finding out the man was the infamous Zodiac Killer. (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 presents her book about a couple honeymooning in New Orleans and how they get entangled in swamp events. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us.

Tuesday, May 12

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

COVINGTON

Friday, April 10

  • “STORIES OF A RIVER TOWN — COVINGTON, LOUISIANA AT 200 YEARS”: 4 p.m., Southern Hotel, 419 N. New Hampshire St. C. Howard Nichols signs his book about the history of this St. Tammany town. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Covington Heritage Foundation. www.covingtonheritage foundation.com.

MANDEVILLE

  • Saturday, April 11
  • “WINGS OVER NEW ORLEANS”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10. John Taylor discusses his book of photography about Wings while the group was working at Allen Toussaint’s studio. (985) 626-8884. www.barnesandnoble.com.