• ew Orleans AREA BOOK EVENTS

Tuesday

  • “THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Melanie Benjamin reads and signs her book about the 1950s and the friendship of Truman Capote and Babe Paley. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

2Wednesday

  • “AFTON VILLA — THE BIRTH AND REBIRTH OF A 19TH-CENTURY LOUISIANA GARDEN”: 5 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park, New Orleans. Author Gen Trimble will read and sign her new book about her restoration of the historic garden. (504) 483-9473. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • “FIVE DOLLARS AND A PORK CHOP SANDWICH — VOTE BUYING AND THE CORRUPTION OF DEMOCRACY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Mary Frances Berry reads and signs her book about voter manipulation and electoral corruption. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

2Thursday

  • “ROOMS FOR LIVING —A STYLE FOR TODAY WITH THINGS FROM THE PAST”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Suzanne Rheinstein reads and signs her book about interior design. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • “FREE MEN”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Katy Simpson Smith launches and signs her book about an escaped slave, a white orphan and a Creek Indian who are being tracked down for murder. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “DEATH EMBRACED — NEW ORLEANS TOMBS AND BURIAL CUSTOMS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Author and historian Mary Lacoste asks readers to ponder issues that should not be avoided. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.

2Sunday, Feb. 21

  • “BIG NATE BLASTS OFF”: 3 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Lincoln Peirce reads and signs his eight novel in the series. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Monday, Feb. 22

  • “WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE — THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE VIETNAM WAR”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Craig Werner and Doug Bradley discuss their book that explores the songs of the era. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

  • “ANN TENNA”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Marisa Marchetto reads and signs debut novel of a gossip columnist and a challenge to change her life for the better. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

2Wednesday, Feb. 24

  • “COMPLICATED GRIEF”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Laura Mullen reads and signs her book of poetry. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Thursday, Feb. 25

  • “FALLEN LAND”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Taylor Brown discusses his debut novel about the Civil War with Kent Wascom, author of “Secessia” about New Orleans during the war. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “LOUISIANA AVIATION — AN EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Vincent P. Caire discusses his new book about the state’s air history. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.

Saturday, Feb. 27

  • “LITTLE RED MEETS THE THREE LITTLE PIGS”: 3 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Alberta Dunn reads and signs her new children’s book. (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.

2Sunday, Feb. 28

  • “FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE”: 1:30 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Carole Boston Weatherford reads and signs her book about slaves’ experienced on Sundays in Congo Square. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Monday, Feb. 29

  • “THANKSGIVING”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. New Orleans native and journalist Mary Arno reads and signs her book about four teens in the summer of 1965. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Tuesday, March 1

  • “URBAN REVOLUTIONS — A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO TWO-WHEELED TRANSPORTATION”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Emilie Bahr reads and signs her book about cycling in New Orleans. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “NEW ORLEANS NOIR”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Editor Julie Smith, with authors Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, O’Neil DeNoux and Maurice Carlos Ruffin discuss and sign their book. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com

Wednesday, March 2

  • “AFTON VILLA — THE BIRTH AND REBIRTH OF A 19TH-CENTURY LOUISIANA GARDEN”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Author Gen Trimble will read and sign her new book about her restoration of the historic garden. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Thursday, March 3

  • “URBAN REVOLUTIONS — A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO TWO-WHEELED TRANSPORTATION”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Emilie Bahr reads and signs her book about cycling in New Orleans. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • “CONSTANCE FENIMORE WOOLSON — PORTRAIT OF A LADY NOVELIST”: 6 p.m. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Anne Boyd Rioux reads and signs her book about Woolson, her relationship with Henry James and death in Venice. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Friday, March 4

  • “SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD” AND “BRET EASTON ELLIS AND OTHER DOGS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Authors Yuri Herrera and Lina Wolff sign their respective books. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

Saturday, March 6

  • “DESDEMONA’S DREAMS VOLUME 1 — TO DREAM OF DANCING”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Z. W. Mohr launches the first of the series about a young girl’s dreams and how they shape the world. (504) 866-4916. mpalestreebookshop.com.

Wednesday, March 9

  • “FAIR LABOR LAWYER — THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF NEW DEAL ATTORNEY AND SUPREME COURT ADVOCATE BESSIE MARGOLIN”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Native New Orleanian Marlene Trestman reads and signs her book about Tulane grad and lawyer Margolin. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “IT HAPPENS IN LOUISIANA — PECULIAR TALES, TRADITIONS AND RECIPES FROM THE BAYOU”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sam Irvin discusses his new book about the state’s colorful history and traditions. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.

Thursday, March 10

  • “INDIE DARLING”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Travis Ian Smith reads and signs his novel about New Orleans schoolteacher and former rocker and proposed band reunion. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.