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Thursday, October 8th


In 1872, French painter Edgar Degas is disillusioned by a lackluster career and haunted by the Prussian siege of Paris and the bloodbath of the Commune. Seeking personal and professional rebirth, he journeys to New Orleans, birthplace of his Creole mother. He is horrified to learn he has exchanged one city in crisis for another—post-Civil War New Orleans is a corrupt town occupied by hostile Union troops and suffering under the heavy hand of Reconstruction. He is further shocked to find his family deeply involved in the violent struggle to reclaim political power at all costs.


Despite the chaos swirling around him, Degas sketches and paints with fervor and manages to reinvent himself and transition his style from neoclassical into the emerging world of Impressionism. He ultimately became one of the masters of the new movement, but how did New Orleans empower Degas to fulfill this destiny? 





A Tale of Two Cities…Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina…


A tale of two cities famed for revelry and danger--at risk of disappearing forever--and two globetrotting strangers seeking a port in the storm…


New Orleans natives Serena Antonelli, an Italian-American costume designer, and Jack Durand, a Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental reporter, meet on a fateful flight bound for Venice where they confront a shared destiny spawned by a national tragedy and a connection they could never have imagined or foretold.


While fierce storms blow in from the Adriatic, inundating the Global Rising Waters Conference where Jack is a keynote speaker, the acqua alta also threatens to drown Venice’s legendary carnival celebrations and sink Serena’s desperate plan to rescue her U.S. family’s century-old costume company from its post-Hurricane Katrina insolvency.


With 400 guests in glittering regalia poised to descend on a leaky palazzo, Serena and Jack ultimately share a magical night at Il Ballo di Carnevale. Soon they are entangled in a spellbinding interplay of history and romance that jeopardizes their chances of sustaining the passionate bond they’ve forged. Exposed, too, are threads of public corruption and private wounds that must be healed before the pair can put to rest the tumult back home in New Orleans and remake their lives as one.


A gripping saga of two conflicted lovers and two star-crossed cities that share surprising parallels, this compelling novel will linger in the memory long after its dramatic conclusion.


Michael Llewellyn discusses and signs his book, Creole Son. Ciji Ware discusses and signs her book, That Winter In Venice.


If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.



Tuesday, October 13th


Jerry Strahan will be on hand with a Lucky Dog Cart!


In John Kennedy Toole's iconic novel, Ignatius J. Reilly is never short of opinions about food or far away from his next bite. Whether issuing gibes such as canned food is a perversion, or taking a break from his literary ambitions with an occasional cheese dip, this lover of Lucky Dogs, cafe au lait, and wine cakes navigates 1960s New Orleans focused on gastronomical pursuits.


For the novel's millions of fans, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles' A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook offers recipes inspired by the delightfully commonplace and always delicious fare of Ignatius and his cohorts. Through an informative narrative and almost 200 recipes, Nobles explores the intersection of food, history, and culture found in the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, opening up a new avenue into New Orleans' rich culinary traditions.


Dishes inspired by Ignatius' favorites macaroons and toothsome steak as well as recipes based on supporting characters Officer Mancuso's Pork and Beans and Dr. Talc's Bloody Marys complement a wealth of fascinating detail about the epicurean side of the novel's memorable settings. A guide to the D. H. Holmes Department Store's legendary Chicken Salad, the likely offerings of the fictitious German's Bakery, and an in-depth interview with the general manager of Lucky Dogs round out this delightful cookbook.


This book is available in hardcover ($35.00).


Cynthia Lejeune Nobles discusses and signs her book, The Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly's New Orleans. Jerry Strahan will be on hand with a Lucky Dog Cart!


If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.



Sunday, October 18th




A big-hearted, boundary-vaulting novel that heralds a remarkable new talent: set in 1970s New York, a story outsized in its generosity, warmth, and ambition, its deep feeling for its characters, its exuberant imagination.


The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park. Their entangled relationships open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. A novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock 'n' roll, about how the people closest to us are sometimes the hardest to reach--about what it means to be human.


Garth Risk Hallberg discusses and signs his book, City on Fire.


This book is available in hardcover ($30.00).


If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.