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
1:57 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

The Reading Life With Bonnie Warren And Rob Owen

This week on The Reading Life: Bonnie Warren, whose new book, with photographer Cheryl Gerber, is New Orleans Historic Homes.

We’ll also have a Mardi Gras visit with Rob Owen, the author, with his daughter Edie Carol Owen, of Spy Boy, Cheyenne, and 96 Crayons: A Mardi Gras Indian’s Story. And we hear a poem from Katherine Soniat.

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The Reading Life
1:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Reading Life With M.A. Harper, Julie Smith And Bill Cotter

This week on The Reading Life: M.A. (Annette) Harper, whose new novel is Diamonds in the Sky, talks about ebook publishing with booksbnimble founder Julie Smith.

We’ll also hear from Bill Cotter, author of The Parallel Apartments, who’s coming to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Laura Lippman And Wiley Cash

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author and part-time New Orleanian Laura Lippman, whose new book is After I’m Gone.

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The Reading Life
1:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Reading Life With Nancy Horan And Natalie Baszile

Author Nancy Horan.

This week on The Reading Life: Nancy Horan, who has followed up her bestselling novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright, Loving Frank, with a novel about the adventurous life of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, titled Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

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The Reading Life
1:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

The Reading Life With Peter Cooley, Thomas Brothers, And Fleur De Lit

This week on The Reading Life: One of the greats of the New Orleans poetry scene, Tulane University professor Peter Cooley, reads from his new collection, Night Bus to the Afterlife. Duke University professor Thomas Brothers talks about Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism.

And we'll hear from Candice Huber, founder of fleurdelit.com and the Reading Between the Wines literary series.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Reading Life With Robert Pinsky And John Freeman

This week on The Reading Life: Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, whose new book is Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters, and book critic John Freeman, author of How to Read a Novelist.

Susan also reviews some books on reading.

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The Reading Life
7:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Susan Larson's Snow Day Reading List

The Reading Life's Susan Larson.

The whole region might be encased in ice this week, but there's still time to get to your favorite local bookstore and stock up before the temperature drops and the roads close.

Here are some snow day reading choices perfect for curling up with in front of a roaring fire (or a space heater!).

— Finish up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series with The Days of Anna Madrigal and pretend you’re in San Francisco, where there is no snow, only an ever-charming and beloved cast of characters.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

The Reading Life With Jesmyn Ward And Beverly Hegre

This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward, whose most recent book is the very moving memoir, Men We Reaped, and Beverly Hegre of the Jane Austen Society of America.

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The Reading Life
1:38 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Reading Life With Geoff Munsterman And Carla Kaplan

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Geoff Munsterman, author of Because the Stars Shine Through It, and Carla Kaplan, author of Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

The Reading Life With Jean Redmann And Carolyn Kolb

This week on The Reading Life: Jean Redmann, whose new murder mystery is The Shoal of Time; and Carolyn Kolb, author of New Orleans Memories: One Writer’s City.

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