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Robert Hicks: The Orphan Mother

Thursday, October 27th


In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock - the Widow of the South - has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah - no stranger to loss - finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?

Mariah's journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people - including George Tole, a recent arrival in town, fleeing a difficult past of his own - and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a master storyteller, The Orphan Mother is the unforgettable story of one woman's heroic struggle in the face of overwhelming adversity and the undeniable strength of a mother's love.

This book isavailable in hardcover ($26.00).

Robert Hicks discusses and signs his book, The Orphan Mother.

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

Pat Conroy Tribute and Release of Pat's Final Book: A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

Friday, October 28th


Join us for stories, readings, and remembrances of the Great Conroy with, Cassandra King (Pat's wife and author), Katherine Clark (one of Pat's authors with Story River Books, his imprint with University of South Carolina Press), and Laura Lane McNeal (author).

20% of the proceeds of the sale of A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy, will be donated to the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

Also due to Pat's special connection with the book shop, Britton Trice, the owner of Garden District Book Shop, will match any donations to the Pat Conroy Literary Center up to $1000 total. If you donate $41, your name will be placed in a drawing for copies of the 41 books nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) Pat Conroy Literary Awards.

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy is a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy’s long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from the beloved author’s many friends. A Lowcountry Heart collects some of Conroy’s most charming pieces of short nonfiction, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, “Hey, Out There.”

Ranging across diverse subjects such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of getting motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dearly missed friends, Conroy’s lighthearted and eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing. In addition, A Lowcountry Heart also includes some of Conroy’s most beloved speeches and interviews, a touching letter to his grandson, and a beautiful introduction from his widow, the novelist Cassandra King. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of The Great Conroy, as he is lovingly titled by friends, including his eulogy. This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan, and a lasting monument to one of the best-loved writers of contemporary American letters.

This book is available in hardcover ($25.00).

Kathryn Aalto: The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

Tuesday, November 1st


Take an extraordinary journey through the places at the heart of Winnie-the-Pooh's iconic adventures. The magical setting for Winnie-the-Pooh's adventures is a real place: the Hundred Acre Wood was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the enchanting landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. Visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh s house. Go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, where Milne played the famous game he created for his son, the real Christopher Robin. See the old quarry where Roo played in his sandy pit. Climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin.

You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair.

Kathryn Aalto will do 35-minute visually-rich presentation with time for questions and afterward sign her book, The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.

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


Join us with talented writers from the UNO creative writing program. Monday Nights: Stories From the Creative Writing Workshop of the University of New Orleans - edited by Rick Barton & Joanna Leake

Thursday, November 3rd


For the last twenty-five years, the fiction writers in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans have met on Monday nights to share and discuss their work, to study and enhance the craft of their calling. Not all the stories contained in this volume were produced for, and displayed in, Monday-night workshop, but all the writers included here devoted three-years of Monday nights to sharpening their literary talents. This book celebrates the writers they have become.

This book is available in paperback ($24.95).

Rick Barton and Joanna Leake celebrate the 25th anniversary of University of New Orleans (UNO) Creative Writing Workshop, with the publication of the book, Monday Nights: Stories From the Creative Writing Workshop of the University of New Orleans. Join them along with these contributors for fun-filled evening of literature: Tad Bartlett, Robin Baudier, Andrea Boll, Amanda Boyden, Joseph Boyden, Carin Chapman, Jeanne Cunningham, widow of our deceased colleage James Knudsen, Chrys Darkwater, Lea Downing, Barb Johnson, Jennifer Ann Kuchta, A.C. Lambeth, Nicholas Mainieri, Craig McWhorter, K.L. Owens, David Parker, April Blevins Pejic, Carolyn Ranu, Maurice Ruffin, Neal Walsh, Missy Wilkinson, Larry Wormington.

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

Garden District Book Shop Book Club

Join us for the discussion of The Transmigration of  Bodies by Yuri Herrera.   New Members are always welcome.  Purchase book in-store for a 20% discount.

Wednesday, November 9th, 6-7:15PM

The Transmigration of Bodies Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276728
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: And Other Stories - July 5th, 2016

Yvonne Spear Perret, Simon and Photographer, Paul Perret: Simon of New Orleans

Thursday, November 10th


Simon of New Orleans is a celebration of the exuberant, sumptuous, energetic work of the Artist synonymous with his adopted hometown. It's difficult to wander around New Orleans without stumbling across the explosions of color and whimsy that are the trademarks of a Simon piece. In fact, the scope of his work is unparalleled. Private collectors snap up pieces as soon as the paint is dry. Simon has endeared himself to locals and tourists alike, and they have responded to the unpretentious wit that is the hallmark of his art.

This book is available in hardcover ($45.00).

Yvonne Spear Perret,  Simon and photographer, Paul Perret discuss and sign their book Simon of New Orleans.

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

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