Books

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: Pilot Erin Seidemann, whose new memoir is Postcards from the Sky: Notes of an Aviatrix, and debut novelist Elizabeth Sanders, whose book, The Last Light, is set during Christmas bonfire-building season.

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.

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