Happy Mardi Gras!

Carnival is a time to eat, drink and be merry before the rigorous fasting and sacrifice during Lent. It is filled with parades, balls and other celebrations leading up to Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.” Mardi Gras is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

Rosary Hartel O'Neill and Rory O'Neill Schmidt - Edgar Degas in New Orleans


The year 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of iconic French artist Edgar Degas’ 1872  visit to New Orleans and New York. Historian, professor, author and playwright Rosary Hartel O’Neill wrote the play Degas in New Orleans, centered on this trip. With her co-author, Rory O’Neill Schmitt, Rosary also penned a nonfiction book titled Edgar Degas in New Orleans, which recounts Degas’ time in New Orleans. Both authors will be at The Garden District Book Shop to celebrate their work. 

The grit and grandeur of New Orleans gave rise to an icon of French Impressionism. Even though he had longed to visit his departed mother’s birthplace his entire life, Edgar Degas didn’t make it to New Orleans until he was on the cusp of forty. He found the Crescent City wracked with post-Civil War devastation even as his brother plunged the family toward bankruptcy and scandal. But in the midst of turmoil, Degas still found inspiration. Indeed, Degas’ dramatic time in New Orleans led him on a new path in his work: Impressionism. 

Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Rosary and Rory will start the evening off with a discussion about their work and Edgar Degas followed by a signing. Copies of Edgar Degas in New Orleans will be available for purchase.

Jamila Minnicks - Moonrise Over New Jessup

The Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to announce that author Jamila Minnicks' will be at the shop to celebrate the release of her debut novel Moonrise Over New Jessup. Winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Moonrise Over New Jessup is an enchanting and thought-provoking debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves on Alabama soil. 

Jamila Minnicks will sit down with friend and fellow author, Maurice Carlos Ruffins to discuss Moonrise Over New Jessup and answer any questions. Following the discussion, she will be available to chat with guests and sign copies of her book . Books will be available for purchase onsite. This event is free and open to the public.

Based on the history of the many Black towns and settlements established across the country, Minnicks’ heartfelt and riveting work is both a celebration of Black joy and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America.

 It’s 1957, and after leaving the only home she has ever known, Alice Young steps off the bus into all-Black New Jessup, where residents have largely rejected integration as the means for Black social advancement. Instead, they seek to maintain, and fortify, the community they cherish on their “side of the woods.” In this place, Alice falls in love with Raymond Campbell, whose clandestine organizing activities challenge New Jessup’s longstanding status quo and could lead to the young couple’s expulsion—or worse—from the home they both hold dear. As they marry and raise children together, Alice must find a way to balance her undying support for his underground work with her desire to protect New Jessup from the rising pressure of upheaval from inside, and outside, their side of town.

Moonrise Over New Jessup By Jamila Minnicks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643752464
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - January 10th, 2023

Shannon Kelley Atwater - Goodnight Pothole

Storytime - 11AM

Shannon Kelley Atwater will be our Storytime Star reading her new book, Goodnight Pothole. Following the discussion, she will be available to chat with guests and sign copies of her book . Books will be available for purchase onsite. This event is free and open to the public.

Hold on to your car’s alignment!  In this parody of the classic children’s book, Goodnight Moon, sleepy readers will dream of orange cones and chicken bones, blown out tires and downed wires, and so many more amusing rhymes in this funny-but-true take on eroding roads.

“One can never be too young to learn how to recognize, categorize, and find ways to enjoy the inevitable potholes, sinkholes, and general neglect one many encounter when growing up in a city.  Goodnight Pothole teaches young readers to do just that!”

-Walker Debris, PE, PLS, ENV-SP President of the National Pothole Foundation

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Goodnight Pothole By Shannon Kelley Atwater Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455627370
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - March 6th, 2023

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