Book Events 

Mia Borders: Sings and signs her book, Hey! So I'm A Baby

Sunday, January 28th

2-4PM

Join us for a few songs with Mia Borders! Mia discusses and signs her book, Hey! So I'm A Baby. Some of the original artwork by Nancy Wolfe Kimberly, will be present.

Hey! So, I'm a Baby presents to young readers a unique protagonist - the titular Baby. Her perspective and voice are refreshing for adults and children alike as she introduces her audience to her multi-cultural family and multi-taxonomical stuffed animal friends. Each character brings about a lesson in a light-hearted, but educational way.

This book is available in paperback ($13.50).

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

 

Mark C. Stevens with Barkley Rafferty: Cooking With Spices: 100 Recipes for Blends, Marinades, and Sauces

Tuesday, January 30th

6-7:30PM

Join us for our cookbook and spice event. Mark C. Stevens discusses and signs his book, Cooking With Spices: 100 Recipes for Blends, Marinades, and Sauces. Barkley Rafferty will cook a few entrees out of the cookbook, using her company's spices, Royal Merchant Trading Company.

Knowing how to balance flavor and spice can transform a dish. But whether you're looking to liven up what's already in the refrigerator or trying something new, figuring out just the right blend of spices to use can be intimidating. Cooking with Spices is a comprehensive reference cookbook that explains the regional origins of spices from around the world and gives you easy-to-follow recipes for rubs, pastes, sauces, and blends. Cooking with Spices serves up recipes with a pinch of history to give your taste buds something to talk about.

Cooking with Spices includes:

  • Over 100 Recipes--featuring simple, step-by-step instructions for rubs, pastes, sauces, and blends for everyday seasoning

  • Spice 101-- explaining the regions, cultural significance, medicinal uses, complements and pairs of over 50 easy-to-find spices from all over the world

  • Illustrated Guides--showing the perfect food pairings for spices

This book is available in paperback ($19.95).

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

Jennifer Atkins: New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920

Wednesday, January 31st

6-7:30PM

Mardi Gras festivities don’t end after the parades roll through the streets; rather, a large part of the celebration continues unseen by the general public. Retreating to theaters, convention centers, and banquet halls, krewes spend the post-parade evening at lavish balls, where members cultivate a sense of fraternity and reinforce the organization’s shared values through pageantry and dance. In New Orleans Carnival Balls, Jennifer Atkins draws back the curtain on the origin of these exclusive soirees, bringing to light unique traditions unseen by outsiders.

The oldest Carnival organizations—the Mistick Krewe of Comus, Twelfth Night Revelers, Krewe of Proteus, Knights of Momus, and Rex—emerged in the mid-nineteenth century. These old-line krewes ruled Mardi Gras from the Civil War until World War I, and the traditions of their private balls reflected a need for group solidarity amidst a world in flux. For these organizations, Carnival balls became magical realms where krewes-men reinforced their elite identity through sculpted tableaux vivants performances, mock coronations, and romantic ballroom dancing. This world was full of possibilities: krewes-men became gods, kings, and knights, while their daughters became queens and maids. As the old-line krewes cultivated a sense of brotherhood, they used costume and movement to reaffirm their group identity, and the crux of these performances relied on a specific mode of expression—dancing.

Jennifer Atkins discusses and signs her book, New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920.

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

Howard Philips Smith: Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans

Thursday, February 1st

6-7:30PM

Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books published on the subject. However, few of them, if any, mention gay Carnival krewes or the role of gay Carnival within the larger context of the season. Howard Philips Smith corrects this oversight with a beautiful, vibrant, and exciting account of gay Carnival.

Gay krewes were first formed in the late 1950s, growing out of costume parties held by members of the gay community. Their tableau balls were often held in clandestine locations to avoid harassment. Even by the new millennium, gay Carnival remained a hidden and almost lost history. Much of the history and the krewes themselves were devastated by the AIDS crisis. Whether facing police raids in the 1960s or AIDS in the 1980s, the Carnival krewes always came back each season. A culmination of two decades of research, Unveiling the Muse positions this incredible story within its proper place as an amazing and important facet of traditional Carnival.

This book is available in hardcover ($50.00).

Howard Philips Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans.Smith discusses and signs his book.

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 the second Wednesday of every month.   New Members are always welcome.  Purchase book in-store for a 20% discount.

We voted to change the February meeting by one day, due to Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day being simultaneous with our usual meeting.

Wednesday, February 15th

Ellen Foster Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616203023
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - October 17th, 2012

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