The Reading Life

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon

Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

Major support for The Reading Life is provided by Octavia Books, with additional support from Christwood Retirement Community.

The theme song for The Reading Life is "Sougouya" by Matt Perrine & Sunflower City, from the album Bayou Road Suite. The end theme is "Panama" by Matt Perrine, from his album Sunflower City.

Both albums can be purchased at www.mattperrine.com/store

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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Reading Life With Wendy Rodrigue And Ann Patchett

This week on The Reading Life: Wendy Rodrigue talks about her life with artist George Rodrigue in an interview about her book, The Other Side of the Painting, recorded earlier this year.

We'll also hear from writer Ann Patchett, whose new essay collection is This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. And I'll have a few thoughts on the literary year 2013.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

The Reading Life: Inventing Reality, Making NOLA, And Zoo Animals

This week on The Reading Life: Eric Bookhardt, editor of Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography, and his publisher and subject, photographer Josephine Sacabo. We'll also hear from Phillip Collier, whose gorgeous new book is Phillip Collier's Making New Orleans Products Past and Present.

And we'll meet the writers of a new children's book, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo Ryan Murphy and Grace Millsaps.

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The Reading Life
1:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Reading Life With 'The Oblivion Atlas' And Marty Mulé

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Allen Zell and photographers Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, who work as Louviere and Vanessa, about their new book, The Oblivion Atlas.

We'll also hear from Marty Mulé about his new book, Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports.

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The Reading Life
1:39 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

N.O. In Literature, And Where Writers Wrote

This week on The Reading Life: Dillard University professor Nancy Dixon, editor of a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature and Angela Carll, author of Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans.

We'll also hear from poet Gina Ferrara, whose new collection is Amber Porch Light.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The Reading Life With Rich Cohen And Mary Fitzpatrick

This week on The Reading Life, Rich Cohen, whose new book is Monsters: the 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. We'll also hear from Mary Fitzpatrick, who's the co-editor, with Virginia McCollam, of a gorgeous new book about New Orleans called Days and Nights in the Dreamy City: Locals Share Their Favorite Places.

Plus we hear a poem from Andy Young.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Reading Life With Garrison Keillor And Carrie Brown

Garrison Keillor

This week, The Reading Life begins its third year! Our special guest is Garrison Keillor, poet, novelist, essayist, host of Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. His new book of poems is called O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical and Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound.

We'll also hear from novelist Carrie Brown, author of The Last First Day.

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The Reading Life
1:32 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Reading Life With Sheri Fink And Errol Barron

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-Ravaged Hospital, and architect Errol Barron, whose lovely new sketchbook is Roma Osservata, or, Rome Observed.

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The Reading Life
1:51 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Reading Life With Matt Sakakeeny, Denise McConduit And Shannan Cvitanovic

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane music professor, ethnomusicologist, journalist and Los Po-Boy-Citos guitarist Matt Sakakeeny, author of Roll with It: Brass Bands on the Streets of New Orleans. We'll also hear from Denise McConduit, whose new children's book is The Boy Who Didn't Like to Read, and who'll be appearing at the New Orleans Children's Book Festival at Latter Library Nov. 16.

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The Reading Life
1:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Reading Life: An Atlas, Birds And Bird

This week on The Reading Life: Rebecca Snedeker, co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of The Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, a collection of 22 gorgeous maps, accompanying essays, and art that will change the way you view our city.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Reading Life With Wally Lamb, Samuel G. Freedman And LaToya Devezin

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Wally Lamb, whose new book is the unforgettable We Are Water, and nonfiction writer Samuel G. Freedman, author of Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

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