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
7:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Richard Ford, Susan Tucker & Beth Willinger

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new novel is called Canada. And we’ll hear from Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger, editors of Newcomb College, 1886-2006, Higher Education for Women in New Orleans.        

The Reading Life
1:48 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Miranda Lash and Used Booksellers

This week on The Reading Life: booksellers Elizabeth Barry Ahlquist of Blue Cypress Books and Maggie McKeown of McKeown's Books and Difficult Music talk about the used book business. Then we're off to City Park for a conversation with New Orleans Museum of Art curator Miranda Lash, editor of the catalog, The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Books
9:30 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Brett Anderson and Kerri McCaffety

This week on The Reading Life  we talk with Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson, editor of the new anthology Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing; and with photographer Kerri McCaffety, whose gorgeous new book is New Orleans New Elegance. And we'll also have a few suggestions for Mother's Day giving.

The Reading Life
7:01 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

World Book Night and Joi Raines

This week on The Reading Life: A look back at World Book Night around town, and a visit with Joi Raines, who loves reading and book clubs about as much as Susan does!

The Reading Life
3:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Art and Architecture

This week on The Reading Life: French artist Jeremie Garcin (who paints as Gersin), talks about his art, and his gorgeous new sketchbook, New Orleans Sojourn. Then Tulane architecture professor John Klingman describes what's New In New Orleans Architecture.

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Carl Lennertz and Gerald Duff

Carl Lennertz.

This week on The Reading Life: World Book Night U.S. executive director Carl Lennertz, talking about the big book give-away to come on April 23, novelist Gerald Duff, author of Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League, and a poetry performance by Don Paul and Somewhere South of Metropolis.

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Authors Ben Sandmel and Moira Crone

Ernie K-Doe.

This week on The Reading Life: Ben Sandmel, author of Ernie K-Doe: The R & B Emperor of New Orleans, and novelist Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet.

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

The Reading Life: Larry Powell and Susan Haltom

Tonight on The Reading Life: Tulane University historian Lawrence Powell, author of "The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans," and Susan Haltom, author of "One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place."

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The Reading Life
12:35 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

Cory MacLauchlin

This week on The Reading Life, Cory MacLauchlin, author of Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces.

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Authors John Biguenet and Richard Louth

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist and playwright John Biguenet, whose new work “Broomstick,” will have a staged reading at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. We'll also talk with New Orleans writing  marathon director Dr. Richard Louth, who'll be leading a group of writers around the French Quarter during the Festival weekend.

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