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: John Barry, who’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of his book, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood  of 1927 and How It Changed America. We’ll also hear from Candice Proctor, who writes as CS Harris, about her new Regency mystery, Where the Dead Lie.

This week on The Reading Life: A great line-up of authors coming for The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, with NPR favorite Amy Dickinson, whose new book is Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home; actress and biographer Patricia Bosworth, whose new memoir is The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan; and environmental historian Jack E. Davis, whose new book is The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, a must-read for folks in our area.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Bestselling author Wally Lamb, whose most recent novel is “I’ll Take You There." We also hear from historian Miriam Davis, author of the Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story, and novelist Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy. These terrific writers will all be in town for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival coming up March 22-26.

This week on The Reading Life:  Jami Attenberg, whose wonderful new novel is All Grown Up. We’ll also hear from novelist Colson Whitehead, author of the National Book Award winner, The Underground Railroad.

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Meg Wolitzer, who’s the Zale Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Tulane University next week; her most recent book is The Interestings. We’ll also hear from Louisiana native Martin Hyatt, whose new novel is Beautiful Gravity. And I’ll have a review of Brian Altobello’s Carnival in Louisiana: Celebrating Mardi Gras from the French Quarter to the Red River.

This week on The Reading Life: Melissa Daggett, the author of an illuminating new book, Spiritualism in 19th Century New Orleans: The History of Henry Louis Rey.  Alison Alsup and Tom Andes talk about the New Orleans Writers Workshop offerings, and Rodger Kamenetz, author of The History of Last Night's Dream, invites us to a dream workshop sponsored by the School for Contemplative Living.

This week on The Reading Life: New Orleanian Susan Bernofsky, whose most recent work is the translation of "Memoirs of a Polar Bear," by Yoko Tawada. She directs the literary translation program at the Columbia University School of the Arts and is is one of the leading translators of German language literature. We'll also hear from poet Stacey Balkun, whose new collection is "The Lost City Museum."

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This week on The Reading Life: Pamela Arceneaux of the Historic New Orleans Collection, whose new book is Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, and novelist Susan Rivers, making her debut with The Second Mrs. Hockaday.

This week on The Reading Life: Artist Alex Beard, author of A Brush with Nature: Abstract Realism and the Painting of Life. Colleen Mooney, author of Rescued by a Kiss and Dead and Breakfast, talks about her efforts to form a New Orleans chapter of the mystery writers' and readers' organization, Sisters in Crime. And Susan has a report from the recent Writers Resist reading.

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Writers Resist, New Orleans: Program, January 15, 2017

This week on The Reading Life: One of Louisiana's finest fiction writers and teachers, now a professor emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana University, Tim Gautreaux. His smart, funny collection, Signals: New and Selected Stories, will having you falling in love with his distinctive Louisiana sensibility all over again.

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