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NEW ORLEANS

Sunday, May 17

  • “ALLEN THE ALLIGATOR COUNTS THROUGH NEW ORLEANS”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author Megan Braden-Perry and illustrator Lyn Vicknair read and sign their children’s book. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.
  • “THE BOOK THAT EVERY BLACK CHRISTIAN SHOULD READ” AND “HOW BLACK PEOPLE COLONIZED THE EARTH AND CIVILIZED THE WORLD”: 3 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 17129 O.C. Haley Blvd. Dr. Perry Khepera Kyles lectures and signs the books. $10, $5 students. (504) 569-9070. www.ashecac.org.
  • “THE LADIES OF MANAGUA”: 4 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Eleni Gage will discuss and sign her novel about 1950s New Orleans and war-torn Nicaragua and how it affects three generations of women. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Tuesday, May 19

  • “DISASTER HEROES”: 5 p.m., Decatur Street Fire Station, 317 Decatur St. Suzanne Bernier launches her book about everyday heroes in catastrophes.
  • “IRISH IN NEW ORLEANS”: 6 p.m., Bea Field Alumni House, Tulane University, 6319 Williow St. Laura Kelley discusses and signs her book on the history of Irish culture in the Crescent City. (504) 865-5901. www.tulane.edu

Wednesday, May 20

  • “WE’RE STILL HERE YA BASTARDS — HOW THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS REBUILT THEIR CITY”: 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 2903 Jefferson Ave. Roberta Gratz lectures and signs her book about the people who returned to the city following Hurricane Katrina and their work to revive the Crescent City. Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Thursday, May 21

  • “AFRICAN AMERICAN REMEDIES”: 7 p.m., New Orleans Athletic Club, 22 N. Rampart St. Eddie Boyd discusses his book about local “medicines” slaves brought to America and how some became templates for contemporary pharmaceuticals. (504) 525-2375. www.neworleansathleticclub.com.

Tuesday, May 26

  • “MILLION DOLLAR ROAD”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Amy Conner discusses and signs her Louisiana novel of a young woman yearning for a better existence and the secret longings that will change the lives of those around her. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Thursday, May 28

  • “OFF THE PAGE”: 6 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer present and sign their book about young romance and magic. Tickets required through Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Saturday, May 30

  • “WALKING NEW ORLEANS”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Barri Bronston signs her book about 30 self-guided walking tours throughout the city. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Monday, June 1

  • “THINGS YOU WON’T SAY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Sarah Pekkanen reads and signs her book about a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Thursday, June 4

  • “RIDING WITH THE BLUE MOTH: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Bill Hancock discusses and signs his book about his cross-country bicycle adventure following the death of his son. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Thursday, June 11

  • “HENRY HOWARD — LOUISIANA’S ARCHITECT”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Robert S. Brantley discusses and signs his book about this 19th Century architect. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Thursday, June 18

  • “NEW ORLEANS HISTORIC HOTELS”: 7 p.m., Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave. Paul Oswell discusses his book about hotels and his annually updated travel guide. (504) 596-2630. www.neworleanspuybliclibrary.com.

Tuesday, June 23

  • “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.

METAIRIE

Tuesday, May 19

  • “THE TAVERN”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Mother-son writing team Patrick and Pat Cheron discuss their book about the New Orleans underworld; and also their individual books. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

Tuesday, May 26

  • “LAKEVIEW MEMORIES”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Muriel Machauer discusses her book about the history of the Lakeview neighborhood. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

“The Book of Life”: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Deborah Harkness reads and signs her sequel and finale to “A Discovery of Witches” and “Shadow of Night.” (504) 455-4929. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Tuesday, June 2

  • “LIVING YES — A HANDBOOK FOR BEING HUMAN”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Psychotherapist Mark Morris discusses his book and the human condition. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

Saturday, June 6

  • “MILLION DOLLAR ROAD”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Amy Conner discusses and signs her Louisiana novel of a young woman yearning for a better existence and the secret longings that will change the lives of those around her. (504) 455-4929. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Tuesday, June 9

  • “IN THE WAKE OF THE FLAGSHIP”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Fredrick Barton discusses and signs his satire chronicling one man’s battle against bureaucracy and corruption. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

SLIDELL

Wednesday, May 20

  • “AND A BOTTLE OF RUM — A HISTORY OF THE NEW WORLD IN TEN COCKTAILS”: 5 p.m., The Wine Market of Slidell, 2051 E. Gause Blvd. Wayne Curtis discusses his book on the history of rum, followed by tastings. (985) 781-1177.