Lexi Ostrow: A Heavenly Kind of Love

Sunday, July 15th


Cassandra Marks had dedicated her life to helping orphaned children around the world find families - something she never truly had. Life was everything she'd expected it to be for a woman who lived to work. She was only thirty when her world was turned upside down with one sentence - "I'm sorry, we've confirmed you have breast cancer." Giving up was not an option, but fighting cancer was harder than she'd imagined. Her work with worldwide orphanages was put on hold as she had to focus on herself, not her dream job.

Not all humans received Guardian Angels; only those living a life that would leave a lasting impression on the world were so lucky. Gabriel, a direct descendant of the Archangel of the same name, lost his battle wings after he trusted a Fallen Angel and others died. He was saved from losing his wings entirely thanks to his father - but it meant becoming a Guardian Angel. His first charge was less than he hoped for, but he was committed to Cassandra Marks to prove he was worthy of returning to battle.

Lexi Ostrow discusses and signs her book, A Heavenly Kind of Love.

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


William Boyle and Bill Loehfelm: The Lonely Witness, and The Devil's Muse (paperback release), respectively.

Monday, July 16th


Join us with William Boyle and Bill Loehfelm discussing their books, The Lonely Witness, and The Devil's Muse (paperback release), respectively. William and Bill will sign books after the discussion.

The Lonely Witness: Amy was once a party girl, but she now lives a lonely life, helping the house-bound to receive communion in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn. She stops in at one of the apartments on her route, where Mrs. Epifanio, the elderly woman who lives there, says she hasn’t seen her usual caretaker, Diane, in a few days. Supposedly, Diane has the flu—or so Diane’s son Vincent said when he first dropped by and vanished into Mrs. E’s bedroom to do no-one-knows-what. Amy’s brief interaction with Vincent in the apartment that day sets off warning bells, so she assures Mrs. E that she’ll find out what’s really going on with both him and his mother. She tails Vincent through Brooklyn, eventually following him and a mysterious man out of a local dive bar. At first, the men are only talking as they walk, but then, almost before Amy can register what has happened, Vincent is dead. 

This book is available in hardcover ($25.95).


A Southern Indie Bookseller Alliance 2017 Summer OKRA pick!
One of Kirkus Review’s “11 Thrillers That Will Keep You Awake This Summer”
Watch the trailer for The Devil's Muse here: https://vimeo.com/224000865

In the thrilling fifth book in the critically acclaimed series that’s “edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life” (Bill Ott, Booklist), a Mardi Gras parade turns deadly.

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and rookie cop Maureen Coughlin has no idea what she’s in for. Her night working the parades begins calmly enough―until a half-naked man careens through the crowd and throws himself onto the hood of an oncoming SUV. As she tries to deal with the incident amid the pulsing chaos of the parade, Maureen hears gunshots. Moments later, with three wounded and a handful of drunken witnesses, Maureen has a full-fledged investigation on her hands. Who was the shooter? Who was he after? Who’s the next target? City bigwigs begin pressuring Maureen and her crew for quick answers. And with an amateur camera crew intent on capturing “the real Mardi Gras” for their YouTube channel, an incompetent supervising detective, and tense race relations in a city more likely to mistrust cops than ever, it’s going to be a very long night―and a memorable first Mardi Gras―for Maureen.

This book is available in paperback ($18.00).

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Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts: Demark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy

Tuesday, July 24th


A book that strikes at the heart of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere, Denmark Vesey’s Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the heart of slavery in the United States: Charleston, South Carolina, where almost half of the U.S. slave population stepped onto our shores, where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and where Dylann Roof shot nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the congregation of Denmark Vesey, a black revolutionary who plotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822.

As early as 1865, former slaveholders and their descendants began working to preserve a romanticized memory of the antebellum South. In contrast, former slaves, their descendants, and some white allies have worked to preserve an honest, unvarnished account of slavery as the cruel system it was.

Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and whitewashed historical tourism, Denmark Vesey’s Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War all the way to contemporary times, where two segregated tourism industries still reflect these opposing impressions of the past, exposing a hidden dimension of America’s deep racial divide. Denmark Vesey’s Garden joins the small bookshelf of major, paradigm-shifting new interpretations of slavery’s enduring legacy in the United States.

This book is available in hardcover ($28.99).

Join us with Randy Sparks (Tulane history professor) as he moderates a discussion with Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts as they talk about their book, Demark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy. Ethan and Blain will sign books following the discussion.

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


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