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: Russell Lord, NOMA curator of photographs, talks about 

This week on The Reading Life: Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde, co-editors of New Orleans: The First Hundred Years, and William Barnwell, author of Angels in the Wilderness: Young and Black in New Orleans and Beyond.

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This week on The Reading Life: Patty Friedmann, author of Organized Panic: A Novel. Poet Brad Richard, chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School, talks about his passion project, the Scholastic Writing Awards competition, along with readings by Darius Christiansen and Sophie Evans, two of the recent winners from New Orleans.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with presidential historian Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas, author of “The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.” We’ll also hear from Shannan Cvitanovic, who’s the executive director of YMCA Educational Services, about ways you can make a difference in September, which is national literacy month.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with poet and memoirist Alice Anderson, author of "Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away: A Memoir." We’ll also hear from comedian Mike Strecker, whose new books are "The Young Comic’s Guide to Telling Jokes, Books 1 and 2."

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with the winners of the 2017 Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction. Canadian novelist Louise Penny, whose new Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery is Glass Houses, is the recipient of the Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. She will make her first visit to New Orleans on her book tour. Former homicide detective and hostage negotiator Trudy Nan Boyce of Atlanta, is the winner of the Debut Novel Prize for Out of the Blues. The Prizes will be presented Friday, September 8, at 6 p.m.

This week on The Reading Life: New Orleans essayist and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts teacher Anne Gisleson talks about her powerful new memoir, "The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading." After you turn the last page, you'll be ready to form your own Existential Crisis Reading Group!

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with bestselling author Erica Spindler about her chilling new suspense novel, "The Other Girl," perfect for that last trip to the beach. And New Orleans native Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, who's making a big debut with her remarkable novel, "A Kind of Freedom," describes her switch from practicing law to writing wonderful fiction.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Ladee Hubbard about her debut novel, "The Talented Ribkins." We’ll also hear from journalist Tom Sancton about "The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris."

This week on The Reading Life: Bill Fagaly, former curator at the New Orleans Museum of Art, talks about about his wonderful essay in "Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans," about the Arthur Roer Gift to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Literacy activist Megan Holt previews the citywide reading initiative, One Book One New Orleans, and this year's selection, "Counting Descent," by poet Clint Smith.

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