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.

Ways To Connect

This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Kent Wascom, author of the brilliant new novel, Secessia, and photographer Robert Brantley, author of Henry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect.

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This week on The Reading Life: Photographer John Rosenthal, whose sad and beautiful new book is After: the Silence of the Lower Ninth Ward, with a preface by Lolis Eric Elie and afterword by John Pope.

We’ll also talk with novelist Nick Courage, whose new middle grade novel is The Loudness, and Jody Barranco, who is the steward of a Little Free Library in Old Jefferson.

This week on the Reading Life:  Yuri Herrera, whose new novel is Signs Preceding the End of the World, and novelist George Bishop, contributor to the new anthology, A Book of Uncommon Prayer.

This week on The Reading Life: Roberta Brandes Gratz, whose new book is We're Still Here, Ya Bastards; How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City. Also, Amy King, who recently received the Bookwoman Award from the Women's National Book Association.

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This week on the Reading Life:  Gwendolyn Knapp, whose hilarious new memoir is After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter. And Greg Cartwright, who’s heading up the Central City Little Free Library Project.

This week on The Reading Life:  Bestselling author Jodi Picoult, whose new book, written with her daughter Samantha van Leer, is Off the Page, is making her first visit to New Orleans May 28.

Symphony Book Fair chair Heidi Charters and volunteer Linda Ferguson preview this year's anticipated book sale, which will feature the private collection of the late Joseph Cohen, former Tulane professor and a great New Orleans book man. And Candice Huber of Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop talks about the League of Extraordinary Readers, her debut summer reading program.

This week on the Reading Life: Amy Conner, whose new book is Million Dollar Road. Ever wonder what an alligator farm is like? Conner once owned part of the largest one in the world and takes you there in her new novel.

Barri Bronston hits the sidewalks of our city in her charming new guide, Walking New Orleans.

This week on the Reading Life: New Orleans novelist Patty Friedmann, whose new book in the Too Jewish trilogy is Do Not Open for 50 Years.

Margret Aldrich talks about The Little Free Library Book, and Nikki Leali, the youngest Little Free Librarian in New Orleans, talks about her Louisiana Ave. library.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Greg Iles is back to tell us about The Bone Tree, the epic second novel in the trilogy that began with last year’s Natchez Burning. And we’ll hear from memoirist Felice Picano about his charming book, Nights at Rizzoli.

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This week on the Reading Life: Jim Grimsley, author of How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

Plus, City librarian/New Orleans Public Library executive director Charles Brown talks about the high stakes of this week’s upcoming millage election.

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