Dec 112018
 
Poppy Tooker book signing

Areme Marks, left, talks with Poppy Tooker, right, after Marks got her copy of “Pascale’s Manale Cookbook” signed at Octavia Books on Saturday, Dec. 8. The book includes a history about the restaurant and its founders as well as select recipes from the restaurant. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Poppy Tooker—chef, radio show host, author and cooking instructor—published her most recent book on one of New Orleans’ most historic restaurants: “Pascal’s Manale Cookbook.”

Having published a book in 2015 on one of New Orleans’ historic restaurants, Tujague’s, her newest subject was a fitting next step.

“People said, ‘What do you want to do next?’ This [Manale’s book] seemed to be the only thing I could think of,” Tooker said. “This is the second-oldest continuously operating family-owned restaurant [in New Orleans]. So both Tujague’s and Manale’s are second to Antoine’s. That [Tujague’s] book has already been written.”

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Dec 042018
 
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via Octavia Books

Octavia Books, at 513 Octavia Street, will host three book reading and signing events featuring four authors this week, including Poppy Tooker’s Pascal’s Manale Cookbook. The week begins today (Dec. 4) with “Fish Town” by J.T. Blatty.

“Fish Town: Louisiana’s Vanishing Fishing Communities” by J. T. Blatty (via Octavia Books)

Tues, Dec. 4
“Fish Town”

Octavia Books and the Gulf Restoration Network will host a presentation and signing with photographer, writer and artist J. T. Blatty featuring her new book, “Fish Town: Louisiana’s Vanishing Fishing Communities.” The event starts for 6 p.m. Continue reading »

Nov 132018
 


Two events tomorrow delve into the rich and complicated culture of New Orleans and celebrate the city’s tricentennial. But, they force literary-minded New Orleanians to make a rich, complicated decision: both are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

At Octavia Books at 530 Octavia St., near Laurel Street, New Orleans writer Jason Berry will present and sign his “City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300.”

“Jason Berry has a profound understanding of the main ingredients of New Orleans history: race, religion and music,” writes author Walter Isaacson. “In this fascinating work, he weaves them together in a luscious, multicolored tapestry of the town’s 300 years. Like a wonderful piece of jazz, it has recurring strands and lovely riffs that make the narrative dance.”

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Oct 062010
 

Natasha Tretheway

Some memories can only be told through poetry, and others demand exposition in prose, said Natasha Tretheway, so in “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” the Pulitzer-winning poet employed both.

The book is a memoir of Tretheway’s native North Gulfport in the years following Hurricane Katrina, tracing her observations on her brother’s return there after the storm, his descent into drug trafficking and incarceration as recovery passed their old neighborhood by, her grandmother’s wish to return home – unfulfilled until death – and her funeral in a church still in shambles from the storm.

At Octavia Books, Tretheway read selections of “Beyond Katrina” and took questions from the audience gathered there about her experience writing it. Below is a video of excerpts from both.

Natasha Tretheway at Octavia Books from Robert Morris on Vimeo.

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