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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1:49 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Debra Shriver, Dave Brinks, and a Naked Girl

 

This week on The Reading Life: Debra Shriver, author of In the Spirit of New Orleans, Bella Blue, who is part of the troop of Naked Girls Reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and poet Dave Brinks, whose new collection is The Secret Brain.

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1:50 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Holiday Gift Books

This week on The Reading Life: Booksellers Donna Allen of Maple Street Book Shop, Judith Lafitte of Octavia Books, and Britton Trice of Garden District Book Shop offer holiday gift book suggestions, and Susan has some of her own.

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1:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Natasha Trethewey and Dalt Wonk

Natasha Trethewey

This week on The Reading Life: Natasha Trethewey, the 19th United States poet laureate, whose most recent book is Thrall, and Dalt Wonk, author of French Quarter Fables.

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1:31 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Jonathan O’Dell, Jordan Soyka, and Larissa Leclair

This week on The Reading Life we'll talk with Jonathan O’Dell, whose wonderful novel, new in paperback, is The Healing; and with Larissa Leclair, founder of the Indie Photobook Library, who’s coming to town for PhotoNOLA, the annual celebration of photography in New Orleans.

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2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rosemary James and Niyi Osundare

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This week on The Reading Life: Rosemary James, founder of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and co-owner of Faulkner House Books, who’s behind Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, and poet Niyi Osundare, whose new book is Random Blues. Susan also reviews Anne Lamott's Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

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4:06 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Will Schwalbe and David Spielman

This week on The Reading Life, Susan talks with Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, and photographer David Spielman, whose new book is When Not Performing: New Orleans Musicians.

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2:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Tom Varisco, Brad Richard and Summer Wood

This week on The Reading Life: Tom Varisco, creator of Jackson Squared, poet Brad Richard, whose new collection is Butcher’s Sugar, and novelist Summer Wood, author of Raising Wrecker.

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1:55 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Prytania and Pitbulls

This week on The Reading Life: Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart, co-authors of There’s One in Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans, and Ken Foster, whose new book is I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.

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2:03 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Walter Dean Myers and Arthé Anthony

This week on The Reading Life: National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Walter Dean Myers, whose new book is All the Right Stuff, and historian Arthé Anthony, who is the author of Picturing Black New Orleans: A Creole Photographer's View of the Early Twentieth Century.

Both of them will be appearing at the Louisiana Book Festival at the State Capitol on October 28.

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1:48 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Cheryl Landrieu, Johnette Downing, and Sheila Cork

This week on The Reading Life, New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, who'll be hosting the third annual Children's Book Festival October 20 at Latter Library.

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