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.

Ways to Connect

This week on The Reading Life: Todd Mouton, whose foot-stomping new book is Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music, and Carrie Brown, whose evocative new novel is The Stargazer's Sister.

This week, in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we’ll be reprising in its entirely our conversation with Sybil Morial, author of Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment. We'll also hear from poet Kelly Harris DeBerry, whose new spoken word CD is Revival, and a special tribute to Maya Angelou.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid, whose new novel is Splinter the Silence.  Also, home girl Hoda Kotb, whose new book, written with Jane Lorenzini, is Where We Belong: Journeys that Show Us the Way, and short story writer, Juyanne James, making a fabulous debut with The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories.

This week on the Reading Life: Bestselling author James Rollins, whose new Sigma Force thriller is The Bone Labyrinth, and biographer Christina Vella, author of George Washington Carver: A Life.

This week on The Reading Life:  Susan travels to Oscar, Louisiana, for a visit with the great Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines, author of such landmark works as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson before Dying.

This week on The Reading Life: Sally Asher, whose new book is Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, and poet Laura Mullen, director of the creative writing program at Louisiana State University, whose new memoir is Complicated Grief.

This week on The Reading Life: The great James Lee Burke, whose most recent novel is The House of the Rising Sun. We’ll also hear from singer, songwriter and author Johnette Downing, whose new books are Louisiana: Jewel of the Deep South, The Fifolet, Ten Gators in the Bed, and Bugs on the Rug.

This week on The Reading Life: award-winning biographer Katherine Clark talks about her first novel, "The Headmaster's Darlings," Emily Bingham, author of "Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham," and John Freeman debuts his journal/anthology, "Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival."

The Reading Life celebrates its fifth anniversary with photographer Judi Bottoni and writer Peggy Scott Laborde, whose new book is "New Orleans Mardi Gras Moments."

We'll also hear from performance artist Tim Youd, whose new project is retyping 100 Novels in 10 Years. He'll be in New Orleans to celebrate five of the novels on his list, retyping them at various locations and headquartered at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

This week on the Reading Life:  Loyola University historian Eberhard "Lo" Faber, author of Building the Land of Dreams: New Orleans and the Transformation of Early America.  And military historian Antony Beevor, author of Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge, who's coming to town for the National World War II Museum's International Conference on World War II: 1945: The Bitter End.

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