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.

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The Reading Life
1:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The Reading Life With Thomas Beller And Michael S. Martin

It’s a week for biographers on The Reading Life. This week I’ll be talking with Tulane University’s Thomas Beller, whose new book is J. D. Salinger: The Escape Artist.

We’ll also hear from Michael S. Martin of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies. His new book is Russell Long: A Life in Politics.

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The Reading Life
1:39 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Reading Life With Francine Prose And Edmund White

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Francine Prose, whose new book is Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932; she's coming to New Orleans for a Room 220 appearance May 19.

We’ll also hear from Edmund White, whose new memoir is Inside a Pearl: My Paris Years; he will be here for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival next weekend.

And Susan reviews The Keillor Reader to give you a sneak preview of what's coming Tuesday night at Le Petit Theatre when Garrison Keillor presents a reading.

*Lagniappe Audio*

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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

The Reading Life With Joseph Boyden And Gwen Florio

This week on The Reading Life:  Canadian/New Orleanian novelist Joseph Boyden, whose new book The Orenda, won the Canada Reads competition. The Orenda illuminates a period in the 17th century when Jesuit missionaries came to the Canadian wilderness to convert the natives of the New World.

We'll also talk with mystery novelist and Pinckley Prize winner Gwen Florio, whose new entry in the Lola Wicks series is Dakota.

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The Reading Life
1:41 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Reading Life With Wimps, Underpants And PTSD

Jeff Kinney

This week on The Reading Life: Jeff Kinney, creator of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants. We’ll also hear from novelist Cara Hoffman, whose new book is Be Safe, I Love You.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Reading Life With Roy Hoffman And John Gery

This week on The Reading Life: Alabama novelist Roy Hoffman, whose new book is Come Landfall, and UNO professor and poet John Gery, whose new collection is Have at You Now!

*Lagniappe!*

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The Reading Life
2:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Reading Life With Richard Sexton, Justin Go, Beth Ann Fennelly And Tom Franklin

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere.

 We'll also hear from debut novelist Justin Go, whose book is The Steady Running of the Hour, and we'll visit with novelists Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, authors of The Tilted World, about the 1927 Mississippi flood.

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The Reading Life
1:52 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Reading Life With Zachary Lazar, Frances Mayes And Whitney Stewart

Zachary Lazar

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University’s Zachary Lazar, whose new novel of Jewish identity is I Pity the Poor Immigrant. We’ll also hear from Frances Mayes, author of the much beloved Under the Tuscan Sun, who has a new, surprisingly Southern memoir out, called Under Magnolia.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Reading Life With Joel Dinerstein And Mona Lisa Saloy

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University's Joel Dinerstein, whose new book is American Cool, the companion volume to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

Plus, we sit down with the always-exuberant Mona Lisa Saloy, whose new collection is Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems.

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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Reading Life With Nevada Barr And Sally Asher

Nevada Barr

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling mystery novelist Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel,  and Sally Asher, author of Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Valerie Martin And Dani Shapiro

This week on The Reading Life: Tennessee Williams Festival guests Valerie Martin, whose new novel is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, and Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of the Creative Life.

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