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NEW ORLEANS

Tuesday, June 23

  • “TARGET TOKYO —JIMMY DOOLITTLE AND THE RAID THAT AVENGED PEARL HARBOR”: 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. presentation and Q&A, 7:30 p.m. signing, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. Author James M. Scott will be joined by Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, Doolittle’s co-pilot and one of only two surviving Raiders. (504) 528-1944. www.nationalww2museum.org.
  • “DOLLBABY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Laura Lane McNeal signs her book about coming of age in civil rights-era New Orleans. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Thursday, June 25

  • “AFTER — THE SILENCE OF THE LOWER 9TH WARD”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Photographer John Rosenthal presents and signs his book, with forward writer Lolis Eric Elie on hand. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

“NO FEAR ZEN — Discovering balance in an unbalanced world”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Richard Collins presents and signs his book that focuses on concentration and sitting (shikantaza) as a discipline that can be practiced in everyday life with the dedication of the samurai. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Saturday, June 27

  • “JADEN TOUSSAINT, THE GREATEST — EPISODE 1, THE QUEST FOR SCREEN TIME”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Marti Dumas signs his book about an amazing five-year-old who actually does know it all. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Tuesday, July 7

  • “SCOTLANDVILLE”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Drs. Rachel L. Emanuel, Ruby Jean Simmons, Charles Vincent and Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden read and sign this story of the town in East Baton Rough Parish that is home to Southern University. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • “SECESSIA”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Kent Wascom launches his novel about New Orleans in 1862 and the personal and private conflicts. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Wednesday, July 8

  • “THE WITCH OF BOURBON STREET”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Suzanne Palmieri signs and reads from her book set in Louisiana about family, redemption and forgiveness. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Thursday, July 9

  • “TROUTMOUTH — THE TWO CAREERS OF HUGH CLEGG”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Ronald F. Borne discusses his book about the Mississippi figure and his careers at Ole Miss and the FBI. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • “DOLLBABY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Laura Lane McNeal reads and signs her book about growing up in civil rights-era New Orleans. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Friday, July 10

  • “BIG FREEDIA — GOD SAVE THE QUEEN DIVA”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Big Freedia launches her memoir. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Friday, July 17

  • “MOM AND DAD ARE PALINDROMES”: 4 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Mark Shulman hosts a “wordplay playday.” (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Tuesday, July 21

  • “THE KATRINA DECADE — IMAGES OF AN ALTERED CITY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. David G. Spielman discusses and signs his book of black and white photographs of the city following the storm. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Friday, July 24

  • “THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN — A MEMOIR”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Harrison Scott Key shares his funny memoir. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.
  • “GINGER SNAPS — A JACK PATTERSON THRILLER”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Webb Hubbell discusses and signs his next installment of Patterson’s capers. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

MANDEVILLE

Saturday, June 27

  • “MILLION DOLLAR ROAD”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville. Amy Conner signs her book about love and acceptance set in Covington. (985) 626-8884. www.bn.com.

METAIRIE

Thursday, July 9

  • “THE WINTER CIRCUS”: 7 p.m., East Jefferson Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Author Emilie Staat is joined by fellow writer Maruice Carlos Ruffin to discuss their works. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us.