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.

Ways to Connect

This week on The Reading Life: Wendy Rodrigue talks about her life with artist George Rodrigue in an interview about her book, The Other Side of the Painting, recorded earlier this year.

We'll also hear from writer Ann Patchett, whose new essay collection is This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. And I'll have a few thoughts on the literary year 2013.

This week on The Reading Life: Eric Bookhardt, editor of Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography, and his publisher and subject, photographer Josephine Sacabo. We'll also hear from Phillip Collier, whose gorgeous new book is Phillip Collier's Making New Orleans Products Past and Present.

And we'll meet the writers of a new children's book, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo Ryan Murphy and Grace Millsaps.

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Allen Zell and photographers Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, who work as Louviere and Vanessa, about their new book, The Oblivion Atlas.

We'll also hear from Marty Mulé about his new book, Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports.

This week on The Reading Life: Dillard University professor Nancy Dixon, editor of a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature and Angela Carll, author of Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans.

We'll also hear from poet Gina Ferrara, whose new collection is Amber Porch Light.

This week on The Reading Life, Rich Cohen, whose new book is Monsters: the 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. We'll also hear from Mary Fitzpatrick, who's the co-editor, with Virginia McCollam, of a gorgeous new book about New Orleans called Days and Nights in the Dreamy City: Locals Share Their Favorite Places.

Plus we hear a poem from Andy Young.

This week, The Reading Life begins its third year! Our special guest is Garrison Keillor, poet, novelist, essayist, host of Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. His new book of poems is called O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical and Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound.

We'll also hear from novelist Carrie Brown, author of The Last First Day.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-Ravaged Hospital, and architect Errol Barron, whose lovely new sketchbook is Roma Osservata, or, Rome Observed.

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane music professor, ethnomusicologist, journalist and Los Po-Boy-Citos guitarist Matt Sakakeeny, author of Roll with It: Brass Bands on the Streets of New Orleans. We'll also hear from Denise McConduit, whose new children's book is The Boy Who Didn't Like to Read, and who'll be appearing at the New Orleans Children's Book Festival at Latter Library Nov. 16.

This week on The Reading Life: Rebecca Snedeker, co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of The Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, a collection of 22 gorgeous maps, accompanying essays, and art that will change the way you view our city.

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Wally Lamb, whose new book is the unforgettable We Are Water, and nonfiction writer Samuel G. Freedman, author of Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.