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 March 10, 2015

The Reading Life With Kevin Sessums And LaShonda Katrice Barnett

This week on The Reading Life: Celebrity journalist Kevin Sessums, whose new memoir is I Left It On the Mountain, and LaShonda Katrice Barnett, whose debut novel is Jam on the Vine. She’ll be appearing at this year’s Tennessee Williams/ Literary Festival, as well as the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

The Reading Life With Rien Fertel And Linda Seabright

This week on The Reading Life: Rien Fertel, author of Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in 19th Century New Orleans, and Linda Seabright of the Creativity Collective, which sponsors a book club called nolalit.

Rien's one of the featured speakers at this year's Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, and Linda's book group is taking a field trip to the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

The Reading Life With M.O. Walsh And C.S. Harris

This week on the Reading Life: Director of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop M.O. Walsh, whose debut novel is My Sunshine Away, and C.S. Harris, author of Who Buries the Dead, the tenth in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

The Reading Life For Feb. 17, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson

This week on the Reading Life:  New Orleans native, novelist T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville, and poets Brett Evans and Chris Shipman, authors of Tit Rex Parade.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Reading Life With Love And Valentines

This week on the Reading Life: Love and Valentines! Morgan Molthrop talks about his new book, LOVE New Orleans, book artist Amelia Bird talks about making handmade Valentines at Baskerville, and Dan Reinhold talks about teaching a course in writing love poems.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The Reading Life With Tom Cooper And Anya Kamenetz

This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Tom Cooper, whose first book is The Marauders, and whose new book is The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing But You Don’t Have to Be.

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The Reading Life
1:29 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Reading Life With Brian Boyles And Barry Gifford

This week on the Reading Life:  Brian Boyles, author of New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, and novelist Barry Gifford, whose Sailor and Lula saga (remember Wild at Heart?) culminates in The Up-Down.

**LAGNIAPPE OUT TAKES**

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The Reading Life With Joseph Boyden And Niyi Osundare

This week on The Reading Life: We’ll be looking back at two local authors who achieved international acclaim in 2014.

We’ll hear from Joseph Boyden, whose novel, The Orenda, was the winner of the Canada Reads competition in March of 2014. We’ll also hear from Niyi Osundare, whom we interviewed in 2011 on the publication of his poems, City Without People: The Katrina Poems. Niyi Osundare received the National Order of Merit from his native Nigeria in 2014.

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The Reading Life
12:48 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The Reading Life With Miki Pfeffer And David Johnson

Miki Pfeffer

This week on The Reading Life: Miki Pfeffer, whose new book is Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair.

And editor David Johnson talks about about 100 issues of great reading in Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the publication of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Reading Life
1:23 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

The Reading Life With Ronald Drez And Bill Loehfelm

This week on the Reading Life: Historian Ronald Drez, author of The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception: The British Attempt to Seize New Orleans and Nullify the Louisiana Purchase, and crime novelist Bill Loehfelm, whose new book featuring New Orleans detective Maureen Coughlin is Doing the Devil’s Work.

Also, Sara Woodard talks about STAIR.

**Lagniappe Audio**

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