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.

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The Reading Life
2:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Reading Life With Richard Sexton, Justin Go, Beth Ann Fennelly And Tom Franklin

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere.

 We'll also hear from debut novelist Justin Go, whose book is The Steady Running of the Hour, and we'll visit with novelists Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, authors of The Tilted World, about the 1927 Mississippi flood.

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The Reading Life
1:52 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Reading Life With Zachary Lazar, Frances Mayes And Whitney Stewart

Zachary Lazar

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University’s Zachary Lazar, whose new novel of Jewish identity is I Pity the Poor Immigrant. We’ll also hear from Frances Mayes, author of the much beloved Under the Tuscan Sun, who has a new, surprisingly Southern memoir out, called Under Magnolia.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Reading Life With Joel Dinerstein And Mona Lisa Saloy

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University's Joel Dinerstein, whose new book is American Cool, the companion volume to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

Plus, we sit down with the always-exuberant Mona Lisa Saloy, whose new collection is Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems.

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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Reading Life With Nevada Barr And Sally Asher

Nevada Barr

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling mystery novelist Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel,  and Sally Asher, author of Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Valerie Martin And Dani Shapiro

This week on The Reading Life: Tennessee Williams Festival guests Valerie Martin, whose new novel is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, and Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of the Creative Life.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

The Reading Life With Richard Campanella And Blake Bailey

This week on The Reading Life: Richard Campanella, author of Bourbon Street: A History, and memoirist Blake Bailey, author of The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, both of whom will be appearing at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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The Reading Life
1:57 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

The Reading Life With Bonnie Warren And Rob Owen

This week on The Reading Life: Bonnie Warren, whose new book, with photographer Cheryl Gerber, is New Orleans Historic Homes.

We’ll also have a Mardi Gras visit with Rob Owen, the author, with his daughter Edie Carol Owen, of Spy Boy, Cheyenne, and 96 Crayons: A Mardi Gras Indian’s Story. And we hear a poem from Katherine Soniat.

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The Reading Life
1:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Reading Life With M.A. Harper, Julie Smith And Bill Cotter

This week on The Reading Life: M.A. (Annette) Harper, whose new novel is Diamonds in the Sky, talks about ebook publishing with booksbnimble founder Julie Smith.

We’ll also hear from Bill Cotter, author of The Parallel Apartments, who’s coming to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Laura Lippman And Wiley Cash

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author and part-time New Orleanian Laura Lippman, whose new book is After I’m Gone.

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The Reading Life
1:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Reading Life With Nancy Horan And Natalie Baszile

Author Nancy Horan.

This week on The Reading Life: Nancy Horan, who has followed up her bestselling novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright, Loving Frank, with a novel about the adventurous life of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, titled Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

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