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: 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."

**Lagniappe Audio**

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.

This week on The Reading Life:  Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, a biography of the New Orleans native who was the creator of Krazy Kat.

This week on The Reading Life: John Kemp, author of the gorgeous book, "Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape," and poet Andrea Panzeca, whose new collection is "Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets."

This week on The Reading Life: John DeSantis, author,  and James Loiselle, photographer, talk about The Thibodaux Massacre, Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Strike. And novelist Chris Tusa, talks about his post-Katrina tale, City of Falling Stars.

This week on The Reading Life:  Peggy Scott Laborde, author of "The Fairgrounds Through the Lens: Photographs and Memories of Horse Racing in New Orleans," has some great racetrack tales, followed by Dan Bright and Justin Nobel, author of the compelling chronicle, "The Story of Dan Bright: Crime, Corruption and Injustice in the Crescent City."

This week on The Reading Life: Philip Gould and Herman Fuselier, photographer and writer of Ghosts of Good Times: Louisiana Dance Halls Past and Present. We'll also hear from bestselling novelist Maria Semple, whose new book is Today Will Be Different, and Nick Mainieri, whose debut novel is The Infinite.

**Lagniappe Audio**

Pages