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
1:30 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

The Reading Life With Jodi Picoult, The Symphony Book Fair, And The League of Extraordinary Readers

This week on The Reading Life:  Bestselling author Jodi Picoult, whose new book, written with her daughter Samantha van Leer, is Off the Page, is making her first visit to New Orleans May 28.

Symphony Book Fair chair Heidi Charters and volunteer Linda Ferguson preview this year's anticipated book sale, which will feature the private collection of the late Joseph Cohen, former Tulane professor and a great New Orleans book man. And Candice Huber of Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop talks about the League of Extraordinary Readers, her debut summer reading program.

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The Reading Life
1:25 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

The Reading Life With Amy Conner And Barri Bronston

This week on the Reading Life: Amy Conner, whose new book is Million Dollar Road. Ever wonder what an alligator farm is like? Conner once owned part of the largest one in the world and takes you there in her new novel.

Barri Bronston hits the sidewalks of our city in her charming new guide, Walking New Orleans.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

The Reading Life With Patty Friedmann, Margret Aldrich And Nikki Leali

This week on the Reading Life: New Orleans novelist Patty Friedmann, whose new book in the Too Jewish trilogy is Do Not Open for 50 Years.

Margret Aldrich talks about The Little Free Library Book, and Nikki Leali, the youngest Little Free Librarian in New Orleans, talks about her Louisiana Ave. library.

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The Reading Life
1:58 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

The Reading Life With Greg Iles And Felice Picano

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Greg Iles is back to tell us about The Bone Tree, the epic second novel in the trilogy that began with last year’s Natchez Burning. And we’ll hear from memoirist Felice Picano about his charming book, Nights at Rizzoli.

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The Reading Life
6:51 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

The Reading Life With Jim Grimsley And Charles Brown

This week on the Reading Life: Jim Grimsley, author of How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

Plus, City librarian/New Orleans Public Library executive director Charles Brown talks about the high stakes of this week’s upcoming millage election.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

The Reading Life With Cokie Roberts And David Baldacci

This week on The Reading Life:  Journalist turned bestselling historian Cokie Roberts, whose new book is Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.

New York Times bestselling novelist David Baldacci talks about Memory Man, his 30th novel for adults, and UNO's Rick Barton talks about In the Wake of the Flagship, the sequel to his first novelThe El Cholo Feeling Passes.

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The Reading Life
1:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

The Reading Life With Sarah DeBacher, Abram Himelstein And Rene Steinke

This week on the Reading Life:  Sarah DeBacher of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project and Abram Himelstein of the Neighborhood Story Project, talking about When I Was Your Age, a lovely book of essays by the teachers of Andrew W. Wilson Charter School, and novelist Rene Steinke, author of Friendswood.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

The Reading Life With Irvin Mayfield

This week on the Reading Life: Irvin Mayfield, whose new book is Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Playhouse, and Charles Brown, executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

The Reading Life With Randy Fertel And Whitney Stewart

Randy Fertel

This week on The Reading Life: Randy Fertel, author of "A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation," and Whitney Stewart, author of "Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids."

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The Reading Life
1:29 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The Reading Life With John Lahr

This week on the Reading Life:  Former senior drama critic of The New Yorker and biographer John Lahr, whose new book is Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Fles. Lahr recently received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and will be a headliner at this week's Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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