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: 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.

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Jerry Ward, whose new book is Fractal Song. We’ll also hear from novelists Jami Attenberg and Adrian Van Young about the Writers Resist event coming up January 15, with great New Orleans writers reading from the work of such inspiring figures as James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Allen Ginsberg, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week on The Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, co-author with Jeremy Alford, takes us into the writing of "Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin, An Epic Louisiana Election," about the race between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter. Will Schwalbe, author of "The End of Your Life Book Club," is back with another celebration of reading, "Books for Living."

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This week on The Reading Life: British jazz scholar Alyn Shipton and Music Inside Out's Gwen Thompkins talk about "Danny Barker: A Life in Jazz," a beautifulnew edition of this classic from the Historic New Orleans Collection. And Susan looks back at the literary year.

This week on The Reading Life: New Orleans business journalist Kathy Finn, the author of a new biography, Tom Benson: A Billionaire's Journey. We'll also hear from Cowboy Mouth drummer Fred LeBlanc, whose new children's book is Fred - The New Orleans Drummer Boy.

This week on The Reading Life:  Yvonne Perret, author of Simon of New Orleans, tells tales about chef-turned-artist Simon Hardeveld and his cheery creations. Beloved hildren's musician/author Johnette Downing talks about her new book, Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh, in partnership with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Audubon Nature Institute.

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