• ew Orleans area Book events

NEW ORLEANS

Monday, April 27

  • “FLOOD OF IMAGES — MEDIA, MEMORY AND HURRICANE KATRINA”: 5 p.m., Cafe Instanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Author Bernie Cook and filmmakers Katherine Cecil, Luisa Dantas and Rebecca Snedeker discuss his book and screen and discuss scenes from “Land of Opportunity,” “Race” and “Faubourg Treme.” (504) 975-0286. www.cafeinstanbulnola.com.

Monday, May 4

  • “AND A BOTTLE OF RUM — A HISTORY OF THE NEW WORLD IN TEN COCKTAILS”: 6:30 p.m., Rosa Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. Wayne Curtis discusses rum’s illustrious past and an historic rum cocktail demonstration and tasting. (504) 596-2660. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.com.

Tuesday, May 5

  • “DELTA 88”: 7 p.m., Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave. Chris Chambers reads from his collection of flash fiction pieces for the 1718 Society. Maple Street Book Shop. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Wednesday, May 6

  • “THE BONE TREE”: 7:30 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Greg Iles signs and discusses his thriller about corruption, racism, history and what people will do for their family. (504) 895-2266. www.garden districtbookshop.com.

Thursday, May 7

  • “THE FURNITURE BIBLE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Christophe Pourny discusses and signs his overview of favorite techniques—ceruse, vernis anglais and water gilding, with step-by-step photographs to replicate each technique. (504) 895-2266. www.garden districtbookshop.com.

Saturday, May 9

  • CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK PARTY: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Authors Kenny Harrison, Marti Dumas and Alex McConduit will be reading and signing their books. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • “THE LOCALIST — THINK INDEPENDENT, BUY LOCAL AND RECLAIM THE AMERICAN DREAM”: 4 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Carrie Rollwagen discusses and signs her book about localist adventure as she embraces slow food, small business and the locavore movement. (504) 899-7323.

Tuesday, May 12

  • “NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PLAYHOUSE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Irvin Mayfield signs and discusses his book with seven CDs on his experiences as a New Orleans native, jazz musician and the influences in his life including musicians, artists, photographers, chefs, teachers and mentors. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrict bookshop.com.
  • “FUN, FUNKY AND FABULOUS — NEW ORLEANS CASUAL RESTAURANT RECIPES” AND “ NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC CREOLE RECIPES”: 6:30 p.m., Cita Dennis Hubbell Library 725 Pelican Ave. Authors Jyl Benson and Kit Wohl discuss their books about Crescent City cuisine. (504) 366-0657. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.com.

Thursday, May 14

  • “DO NOT OPEN FOR 50 YEARS”: Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Patty Friedmann signs her book about the aftermath of Katrina in the final installment of The Cooper Family Saga. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Sunday, May 17

  • “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.

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.

Sunday, 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.

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.maplestreet bookshop.com.

METAIRIE

Tuesday, May 5

  • “THE DARKNESS SURVIVES”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Sally Michelle Jackson reads and discusses her book about honeymooners and strange goings on in the Crescent City. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

Saturday, May 9

  • “NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PLAYHOUSE”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Irvin Mayfield signs and discusses his book with seven CDs on his experiences as a New Orleans native, jazz musician and the influences in his life including musicians, artists, photographers, chefs, teachers and mentors. (504) 455-4929. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Tuesday, May 12

  • “THE HOLY MARK”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Author Greg Alexander discusses dreams as a literary device. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

Thursday, May 14

  • “LITTLE BOT AND THE STORY BOX,” “SECRETS OF THE TRUTH” AND “NOT AN ANGEL”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Authors Jonathan Thomas Jones, Jessica Dragon Cheramie and Dawn Chartier discuss their works. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us/

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.

MANDEVILLE

Saturday, May 9

  • “CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL — THANKS TO MY MOM, 101 STORIES OF GRADITUDE, LOVE AND LESSONS”: Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10. Mary Beth Magee signs copies of this and other books she has written or contributed to. (985) 626-8884. www.barnesandnoble.com.