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.


The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Author Alex Cook and Librarian Desha Rhodes

This week on The Reading Life: We'll pass a good time with Alex Cook, author of "Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana's Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks and Dance Halls," who's coming to town for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, and Desha Rhodes, who manages the Rosa Keller branch of the New Orleans Public Library, which reopens to the public March 17 at 10 a.m.

The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Author Carolyn Morrow Long and Poet Bill Lavender

This week on The Reading Life, Susan talks with historian Carolyn Morrow Long, author of "Madame Lalaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House," and poet Bill Lavender, whose new memoir-in-verse is called "Memory Wing."

7:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Historian Rebecca Scott and author Candice Proctor

This week on The Reading Life: University of Michigan historian Rebecca Scott, co-author of  "Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation," whose new work traces four generations of a family, from Africa to Haiti and Cuba and New Orleans to France and Belgium; and New Orleans writer Candice Proctor discusses her new Regency-set mystery,“When Maidens Mourn,” the seventh in her series featuring Sebastian St. Cyr.

The Reading Life
7:13 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Cornell Landry, Michael Patrick Welch, and the Mid-City Library

Happy Mardi Gras from The Reading Life as we hear from Cornell Landry, author of "Happy Mardi Gras! And "One Dat, Two Dat, Are You a Who Dat?," whose many children's books are perfect for our festive season. Writer/musician/teacher Michael Patrick Welch discusses "New Orleans: The Underground Guide," and his novels "The Donkey Show" and "Y'all's Problem." Michael will be appearing at Ogden After Hours, Thursday, February 23.

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The Reading Life 2/14/12
7:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Storyteller Dianne de las Casas and Poet Gian Smith

On this special holiday edition of The Reading Life, meet Dianne de las Casas, author of "Dinosaur Mardi Gras!" Then hear some sexy love poetry from Gian Smith.

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Authors Constance Adler and Arthur Hardy

The Reading Life for 2/7/12:  Constance Adler shares her vision of home in “My Bayou: New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover," and writer/publisher Arthur Hardy talks about putting together the season's essential reading, "Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide."

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Author Robert Leleux and poet Alison Pelegrin

This week on The Reading Life: Robert Leleux, whose new book is "The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving," and poet Alison Pelegrin, author of "Hurricane Party."

The Reading Life
10:56 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Historian Ellen Weiss and poet Andy Young

This week on The Reading Life: Architectural historian Ellen Weiss' new book:  "Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington." Also,  poet Andy Young tells us about her new collection: "The People Is Singular."

The Reading Life
10:49 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Author John Barry's new work, and more

This week on The Reading Life, we'll be talking with John Barry, whose new book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. We'll also hear Fred Kasten's "Sound of Books" interview with Anka Muhlstein, author of "Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore de Balzac."

The Reading Life

Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

Major support for The Reading Life is provided by Octavia Books, with additional support from Christwood Retirement Community.