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Christopher Kelly: America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil.

Tuesday, September 19th

6-7:30PM

 Have you ever wondered why some towns in Texas have French names? Or why there’s a statue of a Shawnee chief at the US Naval Academy? Or what coastal wildlife refuges have to do with American fears of invasion? And what the Olive Oil Riot in Montana was really all about? America Invaded has the answers to these intriguing questions and so many more.

Ever since they first set foot on the North American continent, humans have explored, discovered, established boundaries – and subsequently invaded – all across the territory we now call the United States. In America Invaded, we track some of the many explorations and invasions that founded or destroyed towns, that set and reset state lines, and that shaped the peoples and culture of this nation.

This book is available in hardcover ($25.95). 

Christopher Kelly discusses and signs his book, America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil.

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

Patty Friedmann: An Organized Panic: A Novel

Thursday, September 21st

6-7:30PM

An Organized Panic sets sister against brother, born secular humanist against later-in-life evangelical Christian. The sibling squabble underscores a serious struggle, certainly, but this is another tale told in the darkly humorous Friedmann voice--and set in the New Orleans only a native would know. The manuscript took second place in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in late 2012.

Ronald Price runs a lucrative business called JesusCleanup. Ronald discovered early on that his New Orleans-based crime-scene cleaning operation made a lot more money after one man on a cleaning crew prayed over a murder site. So his teams began sanctifying scenes as they cleaned them. He has become an ordained minister, and in turn he ordains his crews. Narrator Cesca Price is baffled. She is his older sister, and they grew up in a thoroughly secular household. When other children were learning the facts of life, their mother was sitting them down to tell them in no uncertain terms that “dead is dead.” That concept comes back to haunt her children decades later.

This book is available in paperback ($14.95).

Patty Friedmann discusses and signs her book, An Organized Panic: A Novel.

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

Errol Laborde, Peggy Laborde, and the following contributors: Angus Lind, Sally Asher, and John Magill – New Orleans: The First 300 Years

Thursday, September 28th

6-7:30PM

 

New Orleans: The First 300 Years is a joint venture between public television station WYES and Pelican Publishing Company with the support of the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Twenty-two authors have contributed to 23 topics that explore the city over the last 300 years. “The book was inspired by The Past As Prelude a publication released in 1968 on the occasion of the city’s 250th anniversary and published by Pelican Publishing Company and Tulane University. Distinguished journalist Hodding Carter was the Editor. “Like that book, this publication will cover a range of topics,” says project editor Errol Laborde. “But it will also be visual containing great writing and images.” Book production supervision is by WYES Executive Producer Peggy Scott Laborde.

Errol Labode, Peggy Laborde, and the following contributors: Angus Lind, Sally Asher, and John Magill discuss and sign their book, New Orleans: The First 300 Years.

This book is available in hardcover ($35.00).

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

Russ Herman: The Topography of Life, Love and Travel

Thursday, October 5th

6-7:30PM

Russ Herman, nationally recognized as one of the top litigators in the country, and who has been described as a Renaissance Man, has published his first book of poetry, The Topography of Life, Love and Travel. The poems and prose are divided into three parts; part one is The Geography of Love which includes 8 poems - travel to South America, Portofino, St. Barts, Amsterdam, and Jerusalem. Part Two is The Topography of Love, 19 poems of courtship and love. Part Three is The Romance of My Muse from the first date through a honeymoon on the Isle of Lido in Venice.

Herman is not new to literary endeavor. In the 60s and 70s he wrote and produced two plays, a short story adapted for the TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and was Executive Producer of Gerald McRaney’s first movie, Night of Bloody Horror. He is the author and performer of the video series Courtroom Persuasion and the best-selling author of books by the same title.

This book is available in paperback ($17.95).

Russ Herman discusses and signs his book of poetry, The Topography of Life, Love and Travel.

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

Garden District Book Shop partners with Save Our Cemeteries (SOC) to present Peter Dedek - Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History

Saturday, October 7th

1-3PM

This event begins at the book shop at 1PM.

Garden District Book Shop partners with Save Our Cemeteries (SOC) to present Peter Dedek as he gives a guided tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1 and signs his book, Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History. This event begins at the book shop at 1PM. A portion of the book sales will be donated to SOC.

In The Cemeteries of New Orleans, Peter B. Dedek reveals the origins and evolution of the Crescent City’s world-famous necropolises, exploring both their distinctive architecture and their cultural impact. Spanning centuries, this fascinating body of research takes readers from muddy fields of crude burial markers to extravagantly designed cities of the dead, illuminating a vital and vulnerable piece of New Orleans’s identity.

Where many histories of New Orleans cemeteries have revolved around the famous people buried within them, Dedek focuses on the marble cutters, burial society members, journalists, and tourists who shaped these graveyards into internationally recognizable emblems of the city. In addition to these cultural actors, Dedek’s exploration of cemetery architecture reveals the impact of ancient and medieval grave traditions and styles, the city’s geography, and the arrival of trained European tomb designers, such as the French architect J. N. B. de Pouilly in 1833 and Italian artist and architect Pietro Gualdi in 1851.

This book is available in hardcover ($38.00).

Christopher Swann: Shadow of the Lions

Tuesday, October 10th

6-7:30PM

It has been almost ten years since Matthias graduated from Blackburne, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, vanished into the woods without a trace after the two boys had an argument. Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that he was somehow responsible for Fritz’s disappearance, and now he finds himself stalled, a professional failure, a bad boyfriend, an incomplete man. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne to teach English, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together. But once on campus, Matthias becomes driven to find out what happened to Fritz, caught up in events that begin to spiral swiftly out of control. Along the way, he must confront the shocking death of a student, Fritz’s powerful Washington, D.C., family, and the particular politics of a prestigious prep school.

This book is available in hardcover ($26.95).

Christopher Swann discusses and signs his book, Shadow of the Lions.

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

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