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: 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.

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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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.

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.

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."

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.

This week on the Reading Life:  historian Adam Rothman, author of  Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery and Skip Horack, whose new novel is The Other Joseph.

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.

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.

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.