Monday, Nov. 9

  • “SPECTACLE — THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OTA BENGA”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Pamela Newkirk reads and signs her book about an African man used as a zoo exhibit. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

  • “GETTING OFF AT ELYSIAN FIELDS”: 6 p.m., Covington Branch Library, 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington. John Pope reads and signs his book of notable obituaries. (985) 893-6280. sttammany.lib.la.us.
  • “HENRY HOWARD — LOUISIANA’S ARCHITECT”: 6:30 p.m., Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans. Robert Brantley discusses his new book about this house dreamer. (504) 366-0657. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.
  • “TUJAQUE’S — A COOKBOOK”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Poppy Tooker discusses her book about the legendary restaurant. (504) 889-8143. jefferson.lib.la.us.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

  • “POSTCARDS FROM THE SKY — ADVENTURES OF AN AVIATRIX”: 6:30 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Erin Seidemann reads and signs her memories of her life as a female pilot. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • “LIKE DREAMERS — THE STORY OF THE ISRAELI PARATROOPERS WHO REUNITED JERUSALEM AND DIVIDED A NATION”: 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 5324 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Yossi Klein Halevi reads and signs his book about events during 1967’s Six-Day War. Octavia Books to sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Thursday, Nov. 12

  • “THE AMERICAN SLAVE COAST — A HISTORY OF THE SLAVE-BREEDING INDUSTRY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Ned and Constance Sublette read and sign their book about events and figures in a revealing new light. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Friday, Nov. 13

  • “THE NERDY NUMMIES COOKBOOK — SWEET TREATS FOR THE GEEK IN ALL OF US”: 1 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Rosanna Pansino will meet fans and pose for photos. To receive a wrist-band (required for meet and greet), purchase the book, on sale Nov. 3. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • “BILLY CANNON — A LONG, LONG RUN”: 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Join former LSU great Billy Cannon and Charles N. deGravelles as they sign and discuss Cannon’s biography. (504) 455-4929. bardnesandnoble.com.

Saturday, Nov. 14

  • “ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Tamara Ellis reads and signs her debut novel about young friendship. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

  • “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 Hwy. 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.

“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.

Sunday, Nov. 22

  • “THE LEGEND OF L’IL RED”: 6 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.

“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.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • “FREEMAN’S —THE BEST NEW WRITING ON ARRIVAL”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Author Todd Mouton and BeauSoleil frontman David Doucet will sing and sign this collection of profiles. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.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 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.

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, Sott Hutchins and Eric Puchner participate and their books will be available for purchase and autograph. (504) 895-2266.