Susan Larson

Host of The Reading Life

Before becoming the host of The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988-2009. She is the vice president for literary programming of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, she serves on the board of directors of the New Orleans Public Library, and she is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Larson is the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. You'll probably run into her in a local bookstore or library, and she'll be happy to suggest something you should read. She thinks New Orleans is the best literary town in the world, and she reads about a book a day.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Reading Life With Gregory Benford And Ralph Adamo

Gregory Benford

This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning science fiction writer Gregory Benford, whose most recent novel, co-authored with Larry Niven, is Shipstar. He will be the featured speaker at this weekend’s ContraFlow, the fourth annual science fiction and fantasy convention.

And poet Ralph Adamo talks about his new book, Ever: Poems 2000-2014.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Reading Life With Baskerville Studios And James Nolan

Baskerville Studios Press

This week on The Reading Life: Book artists Amelia Bird and Katie Wollan of Baskerville Studio talk about classes and workshops coming up at their nonprofit letterpress printing and book arts pied-à-terre.

James Nolan debuts his new book, You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Reading Life With Nancy Goldstone, Amy Kirk Duvoisin And Wayne Everard

This week on The Reading Life: Nancy Goldstone, author of The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc, and Amy Kirk Duvoisin, founder of the Joan of Arc Project and captain of the Krewe d Jeanne d’Arc, talk about the fifth annual Salon de Jeanne D’Arc. It's coming up Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Danna Center at Loyola University, hosted by the Loyola Medieval Studies program.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The Reading Life With Peter Mendelsund And Megan Holt

Peter Mendelsund

This week on The Reading Life: Peter Mendelsund, author of What We See When We Read and Cover and associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf, talks about book design.

Megan Holt previews this year’s One Book One New Orleans literacy initiative, centered on Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Reading Life With Maple Leaf Rag V And Maureen Corrigan

This week on The Reading Life: Contributors to Maple Leaf Rag V, the fifth anniversary volume of writings from the long running series at the Maple Leaf Bar. We’ll hear from publisher John Travis, and poets Nancy Harris and Steve Beisner.

We’ll also talk with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, whose new book is So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.

*Lagniappe Audio*

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Reading Life With Katy Simpson Smith And Nicholas Meis

Katy Simpson Smith

This week on The Reading Life, host Susan Larson talks with historian turned novelist Katy Simpson Smith, whose gorgeous The Story of Land and Sea is one of the big fall debuts this season.

And we'll hear from Nicholas Meis, author of New Orleans Hurricanes from the Start.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Reading Life With Michael Pitre And Gina Ferrara

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Pitre, whose splendid new novel of the Iraq war is called Fives and Twenty-Fives. We’ll also hear from Gina Ferrara, whose new collection of poems is titled Carville.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Reading Life With Todd Bol And Jeffrey Cohen

Todd Bol.
Credit Courtesy of the author.

This week on The Reading Life: Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Libraries, and Jeffrey Cohen, whose new children’s book is Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever.

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The Reading Life
1:34 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The Reading Life With John Wirt And Leyla McCalla

This week on The Reading Life: Music writer John Wirt, whose new book is Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues.

We’ll also hear from the wonderful musician Leyla McCalla, whose new CD Vari-Colored Songs, A Tribute to Langston Hughes, is inspired by the work of her favorite poet.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The Reading Life With John Ed Bradley And S. Chris Shirley

John Ed Bradley

This week on The Reading Life: Former LSU football star turned reporter turned novelist turned young adult novelist John Ed Bradley talks about his new book, Call Me By Me Name.

S. Chris Shirley tells us about his new young adult novel, Playing by the Book, as well as his work as president of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

And Susan reviews James Lee Burke’s most recent novel, Wayfaring Stranger.

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