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: Tulane professor Yuri Herrera, whose third book set in the world of Mexican drug culture is "Kingdom Cons." Journalist/historian Paige Bowers of Baton Rouge, author of "The General’s Niece: The Little Known DeGaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France,' talks about her quest to tell the story of Genevieve DeGaulle.

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This week on The Reading Life: Jon McCarthy, author of "Hard Roll: A Paramedic’s Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans." Michael Allen Zell previews Bloomsday 2017, that annual celebration of James Joyce's "Ulysses," and catches us up on books coming from the new imprint, Crescent City Books.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans mystery writer Jean Redmann, author of Girl on the Edge of Summer and Perdition, and just in time for June weddings, Ada Calhoun talks about her new essay collection, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give.

This week on The Reading Life: Culinary historian Jessica Harris, author of High on the Hog, Beyond Gumbo, and so many other great books, talks about about her new and very personal memoir, "My Soul Looks Back." Nicholas Reynolds uncovers a new side of a great American writer in "Writer, Sailor, Soldier Spy, Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961," and Phyllis Jordan previews that annual rite of spring, the Symphony Book Fair.

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This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Alys Arden, author of "The Casquette Girls" and "The Romeo Catchers," is creating the next generation of New Orleans witches and vampires. And geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro takes us on a leisurely historical/cultural tour in "Island People: The World and the Caribbean."

This week on The Reading Life: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder, A Memoir, describes reconstructing the 1992 murder of 8 year-old Jeremy Guillory by Ricky Langley in Iowa, LA, and interweaving it with her own personal history. Journalist-turned-novelist Omar El Akkad, author of American War, talks about his choice of Louisiana as a setting for his vision of a second American Civil War in 2074.

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This week on The Reading Life: Historian Lynne Olson author of "Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War," and New Orleans poets Cassie Pruyn, author of "Lena," and Gina Ferrara, author of "Fitting the Sixth Finger," poems inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall.

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This week on The Reading Life: Anti-death penalty activist Tom Lowenstein, author of "The Trials of Walter Ogrod: The Shocking Murder, So-Called Confessions, and Notorious Snitch That Sent a Man to Death Row," and writer, editor, teacher Kalamu Ya Salaam, author of "The Magic of Juju: An Appreciation of the Black Arts Movement."

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This week on The Reading Life: Poet Rodney Jones, author of Village Prodigies, and New York Times bestselling novelist Claudia Gray, whose new young adult series begins with Defy the Stars.

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This week on The Reading Life: Megan Burns and Bill Lavender, co-founders of the New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Book Fair, coming up April 20-23. We’ll also hear from poet Biljana Obradovic, who has two new books out – "Incognito" and "Cat Painters: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Poetry."

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