Rosary O'Neill/Rory O'Neill Schmitt - Kate Chopin In New Orleans


New Orleanian authors Rory O'Neill Schmitt, PhD and Rosary O’Neill, PhD will be here to share the New Orleans life of Kate Chopin, the first great American woman novelist, in their latest book Kate Chopin in New Orleans. 

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Additional copies will be available for purchase.

In this epic story, Chopin becomes a Phoenix rising amidst the disgrace, death, and abandonment in the romantic desperate setting of Reconstruction Louisiana. Kate Chopin in New Orleans is a follow up to Edgar Degas in New Orleans, and writer Kate Chopin lived in a neighborhood near the Degas family. Degas and Kate met in New Orleans during Degas’ visit 1872-1873, and Degas even influenced her writing of The Awakening, one of the classic novels written by an American woman. 

Fourteen years in Louisiana (1870-1884) fueled the inspiration for the over 100 short stories and two published novels Kate Chopin would write. Louisiana needs her heroines and there is much to learn from Kate, who was originally from St. Louis. Whereas Edgar was “almost a son of Louisiana,” she became a daughter.

The O’Neills sitting down to share insights into Chopin’s and time in New Orleans. Afterward, the mother-daughter authors will open the floor to guests for questions and then sign copies of their book.

Kate Chopin in New Orleans By O'Neill, O'Neill Schmitt, Mark Duplass (Foreword by) Cover Image
By O'Neill, O'Neill Schmitt, Mark Duplass (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781467157063
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - April 15th, 2024

Independent Bookstore Day 2024



Fun at The Garden District Book Shop on April 27th:

  • 10:00AM-2PM - Free snowball from Hansen's Snowballs, with any purchase. (limited quantities) 
  • Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) to anyone making a purchase of $15 or more.  (limited quantities)
  • Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) merchandise. (limited quantities)

On April 27th, New Orleans bookstores will team up to celebrate the annual Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) with a Bookstore Crawl Passport Challenge.  Activities will take place at seven bookstores during this year’s event: Baldwin & Co., Blue Cypress Books, Community Book Center, Frenchmen Art & Books, Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books, and Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop.

New Orleans Bookstore Crawl Passport Challenge will take place over two weeks, instead of just one day!  One lucky reader will win a $25 gift card from each of the participating stores ($175 total).  To enter: visit all 7 stores between April 27th and May 11th.

  • Pick up your passport at the first bookstore you visit.
  • Each book store will add a unique stamp or sticker on your passport when you visit, no purchase is required to participate.
  • Make sure your name and email are included, and turn in your completed passport at whichever bookstore you visit last.

Independent Bookstore Day also offers a selection of unique, limited-edition books and merchandise created just for the special day.

Independent Bookstore Day was established in 2013 to promote, celebrate, and highlight the value of the independent bookstore community. The day has been observed on the last Saturday of April every year since 2013.

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