Rockin' Around The Rink - October

The Rink and its tenants are thrilled to introduce Rockin’ Around The Rink, a collaborative shopping and entertainment program that will be hosted each Saturday through the month of December. The Rink, a collection of unique shops and select offices in the heart of the Garden District, has been a New Orleans staple since 1884.

Rockin’ Around The Rink is the ideal way to get a jump start on your local holiday shopping and have fun at the same time. The October installment of  Rockin’ Around The Rink will be held from 10:30 AM until 2:00 PM and feature a storytime from The Garden District Book Shop and offerings from various tenants.

All state-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the event is required for entry.


Saturday,  October 23rd, Sleepy Stoytime With Maisonette | 10:30AM

No need to change out of your PJs this Saturday morning, just roll out of bed and head over to The Rink. The Rink will be hosting a pajama party and storytime for all to enjoy. The Garden District Book Shop will feature readings of Good Night Gorilla, Good Night, Peter, Good Night, Good Night,  and Lama Lama Red Pajama,  beginning at 11 AM.  Guests will also enjoy a movement game of Simon Says. Still Perkin’ will also feature steamers, and drinks for kids.

 Saturday,  October 30th, TRICK OR TREAT AT THE RINK | 10:30AM

Celebrate Halloween weekend at The Rink! Each shop will hand out special treats as guests Trick or Treat around The Rink. There will also be plenty of Halloween-themed books, toys and more for purchase. A spooky storytime will also be hosted at 11 AM in The Garden District Book Shop and Still Perkin’ will feature spooky sweet treats.

In-Person Event - Andrew Siegrist - We Imagined It Was Rain

The Garden District Book Shop is honored to host Andrew Siegrist for an evening celebrating the release of short story collection We Imagined It Was Rain.

The event will begin at 6:00 PM at The Garden District Book Shop in The Rink and feature a welcome reception followed by a moderated discussion, a Q&A and signing. 

All state-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the event is required for entry.

Tickets are available for $5

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Hailed by ZZ Packer as “a master of tone, detail, and imagery”, Siegrist’s debut collection, We Imagined It Was Rain, is a love song to Tennessee. These loosely connected stories are imbued with tenderness, seriousness, and a deep understanding of the human spirit.

A young man moves to the mountains and builds an heirloom chest in the wake of his son’s death; a town official must make the decision to execute a circus elephant; two siblings help their father commit suicide; a preacher picks up the pieces of his ruined church, and his marriage, after a devastating flood; locals share stories of the girl with eyelashes so long she can braid them. Siegrist demonstrates careful attention to the smallest moments, to the rain on a windowpane, to individual mementos passed down through generations, in this far-reaching and in this far-reaching and thoughtful collection. 

Virtual Event - Shea Serrano -Hip-Hop (And Other Things)

The Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to partner with Shea Serrano for a virtual book release event, Hip-Hop (And Other Things). Hip-Hop (And Other Things) is the third book in the (And Other Things) series with the first two books, Basketball (And Other Things) and Movies (And Other Things), both being New York Times bestsellers.

The event is be held via Crowdcast. Login information will be sent to everyone who purchases a book from the Garden District Book Shop. Books can be purchased via Eventbrite for pick up in the store or with additional shipping costs added. 

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Serrano’s Hip-Hop (And Other Things) is about, as it were, rap, but also some other things. It's a smart, fun, funny, insightful book that spends the entirety of its time celebrating what has become the most dominant form of music these past two and a half decades. Tupac is in there. Jay Z is in there. Missy Elliott is in there. Drake is in there. Pretty much all of the big names are in there, as are a bunch of the smaller names, too.

There's art from acclaimed illustrator Arturo Torres, there are infographics and footnotes; there's all kinds of stuff in there. Some of the chapters are serious, and some of the chapters are silly, and some of the chapters are a combination of both things. All of them, though, are treated with the care and respect that they deserve.

In-Person Event - Kent Babb: Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City


The Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to host an evening celebrating the recent release of award-winning sportswriter Kent Babb’s, Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City.  What is sure to be a classic work of sports journalism, Across the River  is an investigation into the serious realities of young athletes in struggling neighborhoods: gentrification, eviction, mental health issues, the drug trade, and gun violence. ​Also, notably, ​George Clooney ​and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures ​has purchased the film rights to Across the River.

A welcome reception will be followed by a moderated discussion between Babb, and friend and fellow sportswriter Jeff Duncan. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. 

All state-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place. Masks are required. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the event is required.

Purchase your ticket here!

Babb first told the inspiring story of Coach Brice Brown in the Washington Post. Now, Babb goes deeper, widening the narrative with intimate portraits of the Edna Karr High School players, staff, and surroundings in an ever-tested community. Blending aspects of such disparate classics as Friday Night Lights, The Yellow House, and Ghettoside, Babb’s accomplished multi-character narrative illuminates many lives and captures the pulse of New Orleans in all its turbulence, complexity, and defiance. 

The story begins on the west bank of the Mississippi in the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers. Short on hope but big on dreams, its mostly poor and marginalized residents find joy on Friday nights when the Cougars of Edna Karr High School take the field. For years, this football program has brought glory to Algiers, winning three consecutive state championships and sending dozens of young men to college on football scholarships. An epidemic of gun violence plagues New Orleans and its surrounding communities and has claimed many innocent lives, including Brown’s former star quarterback, Tollette “Tonka” George, shot near a local gas station. Although he is preparing for a fourth title, head coach Brice Brown is focused on something else: keeping his players alive.

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