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: 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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This week on The Reading Life: Mary Louise Mossy Christovich, co-author, with Roulhac Bunkley Toledano, of "Garden Legacy," the latest beautiful book from the Historic New Orleans Collection. We’ll also hear from Tom McDermott, whose new book of limericks is "Five Lines, No Waiting." And Abram Himelstein previews the New Orleans Write-A Thon.

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This week on The Reading Life: Shane Bernard, whose book,"The Teche: A History of Louisiana’s Most Famous Bayou," is being honored as one of the Humanities Books of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. We’ll also hear from James Nolan, whose new book is "Flight Risk:  Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy," and Kathleen Schrenk, whose first book for young readers is "A Dog Steals Home."

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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.

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