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-Picayunefrom 1988-2009. She has served on the boards of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library. She is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association, which presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. If you run into her in a local bookstore or library, 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: Susan talks with Tulane University professor Joel Dinerstein, whose new study of cool -- "The Origins of Cool in Postwar America" -- goes back to its start. Chris Champagne, author of Secret New Orleans, a guide to some wonderful and unexpected sights, describes his travels around the city.

The week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Brian Boyles of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Nancy Dixon of Dillard University about New Orleans and the World, 1718 - 2018, Tricentennial Anthology.  And Cassie Pruyn, previews her new book is Bayou St. John: A Brief History.

Audio extra: Brian Boyles and Nancy Dixon talk about what they discovered while putting together New Orleans and the World, 1718 - 2018, Tricentennial Anthology

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Joe DeSalvo, Jr., and Rosemary James about 27 years of Faulkner House Books and 20 years of Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans

This week on The Reading Life: We celebrate our seventh anniversary show with MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, whose new novel is "Sing, Unburied, Sing." Jesmyn made history earlier this month by becoming the first woman to win two National Book Awards.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native son and bestselling author Walter Isaacson, author of a great new biography, "Leonardo da Vinci."

 

  

This week on The Reading Life: Two great novelists! Isabel Allende, known for "The House of the Spirits" and "Eva Luna," talks about aging and passion and her new novel, "In the Midst of Winter." And novelist Mark Helprin, known for "A Winter's Tale" and "A Soldier of the Great War," speaks about the long road to writing his most recent, "Paris in the Present Tense."

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with poet Eileen Myles, whose new memoir is Afterglow, and Simeon Marsalis, whose new novel is As Lie Is to Grin.  

This week on The Reading Life:  I’ll be talking with Richard Campanella, whose insightful new book of essays is Cityscapes of New Orleans. We’ll also hear from Susan Tucker and Lee Grue about their fascinating anthology, Mending for Memory: Sewing in Louisiana – Essays, Stories, and Poems, and I’ll have a preview of the Louisiana Book Festival, October 28 at the State Capitol.

**Lagniappe Audio**

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Morgan Babst about her new novel, The Floating World. And we’ll hear from David Fulmer about Eclipse Alley, the newest entry in his Storyville-set mystery series.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with John Magill about this new book, "The Incomparable Magazine Street." David Cuthbert and Bob Bruce, who’ve adapted their musical show, "Cinderella Battistella," into a children’s fairy tale Nawlins style, whoop it up. And Susan has a review of Jesmyn Ward's magnificent National Book Award finalist, "Sing, Unburied, Sing."

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