Located in uptown
New Orleans, Louisiana
513 Octavia Street
(corner of Laurel)
Welcome to Octavia Books, where our well-read staff is always happy to provide friendly assistance. Thank you for choosing to let Octavia Books serve you and be your independent bookstore.
Octavia Books asked Tom Varisco Designs to create two fun recycled paper “book bags” you'll want to re-use. Please watch this 15-second stop-motion animation that Tom Varisco Designs also created to help us showcase the results. We will donate 100% of the proceeds from the bags to a local environmental nonprofit.
Join us for a very special evening with Rachel Breunlin & Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes presenting & signing TALK THAT MUSIC TALK: Passing on Brass Band Music in New Orleans the Traditional Way.
In the early 1900s, jazz was created in New Orleans. Soon afterwards the fear began...it’s moving away, it’s going to die out, it needs to be preserved. Yet each generation has put time and energy into making sure the roots of the music stay strong in the city. This book is about the history of that kind of organizing work, and what happened when the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park brought together a new group of young people to learn traditional brass band music from older musicians and the Black Men of Labor Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
Rachel Breunlin is co-director of the Neighborhood Story Project. She is currently the ethnographer-in-residence in the Anthropology Department at the University of New Orleans where she teaches courses on public culture and collaborative ethnography.
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is a veteran park ranger at New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, a musician, and photographer.
The best thing about the cuisine of New Orleans is that it is alive. And because it is alive, it is always changing. . . . And the exciting consequence of our willingness to change is that our cuisine remains fresh and reflective of our present. Our food always was and it remains, fun, funky, and fabulous, not to mention delicious, inventive, and unique. . . . [This] book would make a handy guide to local neighborhoods and where to eat in each of them, besides being a great cookbook full of recipes that can actually be made in the home kitchen.”
—From the introduction by Liz Williams, executive director of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Please join us for the bookstore release of Jyl Benson's splendid new local cookbook, which truly is FUN, FUNKY & FABULOUS. She and photographer Sam Hanna will be signing copies; and chef Michael Nirenberg with Fulton Alley is preparing his incredible Andouille Tots shown on the cover.
Filled with folksy art and creative recipes from affordable restaurants captured in tantalizing photographs—with tidbits of history thrown in as lagniappe—author Jyl Benson serves up just the right taste of this fascinating and ever-evolving city. Included are neighborhood favorites such as MoPho, Purtoo, Toup’s Meatery, Lola, Bhava, and Juan’s Flying Burrito: A Creole Taqueria.
Jyl Benson began her editorial career with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and served as a regional reporter for both the New York Times and Time magazine. A native New Orleanian and passionate home cook since childhood, she serves as curator of community affairs for the Southern Food and Beverage Institute, as food and dining editor for Avenue magazine, and as a roving reporter for the radio show Louisiana Eats! She is also the author with Melvin Rodrigue of GALATOIRE'S COOKBOOK: Recipes and Family History from the Time-Honored New Orleans Restaurant.
Originally from London, resident New Orleans photographer Sam Hanna began his career in Detroit. He specializes in culinary styling and photography from his studio, Hanna Foto.
Please join us for an author talk and booksigning with best-selling children's book author Peter Lerangis, featuring THE CURSE OF THE KING, the new new book in his Seven Wonders series. (Age range 8-12)
The adventure unfolds in this fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series!THREE BATTLES
click above to watch this exciting trailer for Book 4!
Peter Lerangis is the author of more than 160 books, which have sold more than 5½ million copies and been translated into 33 different languages. Seven of his books have made the New York Times–Children’s Bestseller Lists: The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, and The Tomb of Shadows, Books 1 through 3 of The Seven Wonders series; The Sword Thief, The Viper’s Nest, and Vespers Rising (the latter co-authored with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson) in The 39 Clues series; and The Dead of Night, Book 3 in The 39 Clues: Cahills Vs. Vespers series. His novel Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, a collaboration with Harry Mazer, won the 2013 Schneider Award, presented by the American Library Association “for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for adolescent audiences,” and it was selected for the 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.
After college he became a Broadway musical theater actor. He has run a marathon and gone rock-climbing during an earthquake, but not on the same day. He lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their two sons, Nick and Joe. In his spare time, he likes to eat chocolate. Lots of it. Seriously, he loves chocolate.
Join us for a double reading featuring two accomplished authors, M. O. Walsh and David Joy, reading from their new novels.
| The debut novel everyone is talking about…|
“The last page is as satisfying as the first.” —Kathryn Stockett
“I really loved this book…I can’t praise it enough.”—Anne Rice
“It’s a book to read and reread, one that will only get better with time.”—Tom Franklin
It was the summer everything changed.…
My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.
M.O. Walsh’s fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Oxford American, The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, Epoch, and Best New American Voices, among others. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and is currently the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, where he lives and works, happily, with his wife and family.
“Lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. Joy knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place.”—Daniel Woodrell
David Joy’s stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living,Wilderness House Literary Review, Pisg