NEW ORLEANS AREA BOOK EVENTS

NEW ORLEANS

Tuesday, Nov. 3

  • “MRS. SHAW”: 6 p.m., Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave. Mukoma wa Ngogi reads and signs the novel of three expatriates for the 1718 Society. Maple Street Book Store to sell. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

“STORIES FROM THE ST. LOUIS CEMETERIES OF NEW ORLEANS” and “NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOODS — A CULTURAL GUIDE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Sally Asher and Maggy Baccinelli discuss and sign their respective books. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

  • “BESH BIG EASY —101 HOME COOKED NEW ORLEANS RECIPES”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Chef John Besh signs his latest culinary collection. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • “TUJAGUE’S COOKBOOK”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author and culinary historian Poppy Tooker signs her book about the fabled restaurant. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “RUN BABY RUN”: 6:30 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Michael Allen Zell reads and signs his book about a detective and a New Orleans crime. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

Thursday, Nov. 5

  • “NEW ORLEANS — LIFE AND DEATH IN THE BIG EASY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Cheryl Gerber reads and discusses her visual insider’s tour of the city. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Saturday, Nov. 7

  • “LOUISIANA, THE JEWEL OF THE DEEP SOUTH”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Johnette Downing reads and signs her books about the Bayou State for young readers. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

Monday, Nov. 9

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

Wednesday, Nov. 11

  • “POSTCARDS FROM THE SKY — ADVENTURES OF AN AVIATRIX”: 6:30 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Erin Seidemann reads and signs her memories of her life as a female pilot. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

Thursday, Nov. 12

  • “THE AMERICAN SLAVE COAST — A HISTORY OF THE SLAVE-BREEDING INDUSTRY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. 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. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 14

  • “ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. 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. Leonard Pitts Jr. reads and signs his novel about race relations through the story of two Chicago journalists. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • “BUILDING THE LAND OF DREAMS — NEW ORLEANS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF EARLY AMERICA”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Eberhard “Lo” Faber launches his book about the Crescent City’s history. (504) 899-7323.
  • “WITCHES OF AMERICA”: 7 p.m., Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Ave. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Zachary Richard sings, reads and signs his fable of a blind turtle and a one-clawed baby crawfish. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO”: 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave. Mitch Albom presents and signs his novel about a musician and the power of his guitar’s six strings. Tickets required through Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323.

METAIRIE

Tuesday, Nov. 3

  • “A FREE STATE — A NOVEL”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Tom Piazza discusses his about the south in the 1850s. (504) 889-8143.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

  • “TUJAQUE’S — A COOKBOOK”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Poppy Tooker discusses her book about the legendary restaurant. (504) 889-8143. jefferson.lib.la.us.

Friday, Nov. 13

  • “BILLY CANNON — A LONG, LONG RUN”: 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Join former LSU great Billy Cannon and Charles N. deGravelles as they sign and discuss Cannon’s biography. (504) 455-4929. bardnesandnoble.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • “WITNESS TO CHANGE — FROM JIM CROW TO POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Esplanade Ave. 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.

Sunday, Nov. 22

  • “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. Ben Watson reads and sign his new book. (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.