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: Bonnie Warren talks about New Orleans Homes at Christmas and Whitney Stewart and Stephanie Stokes talk about the return of cherished family bibles via the internet. And Gladin Scott of Maple Street Book Shop offers cookbook recommendations.

Gladin Scott's cookbook picks:

This week on The Reading Life: Rachel Breunlin and Bruce Sunpie Barnes, co-editors of Talk That Music Talk: Passing on Brass Band Music in New Orleans the Traditional Way.

And Candice Huber of Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop has some recommendations for the science fiction and fantasy lover in your life.

Candice Huber's Book Recommendations:

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new book about Frank Bascombe is Let Me Be Frank With You. We’ll also hear from performance poet Jose Torres-Tama, author of Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares. And Emilie Lamy of May Books, a new shop on Royal St., offers art book recommendations for holiday giving.

Holiday gift suggestions from Emilie Lamy of May Books:

Title: Holy Bible
Authors: Oliver Chanarin & Adam Broomberg.
Published by MACK BOOKS.

This week on The Reading Life: Mamie Gasperecz, executive director of the Hermann Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, talks about a beautiful new book, Luxury, Inequity and Yellow Fever; Living Legacies and the Stories of Old New Orleans.

We’ll also hear from poet Andy Young, whose new collection is All Night It Is Morning.

And bookseller Judith Lafitte gives her favorite picks for holiday giving for the young folks in your life.

Judith Lafitte's book choices:

This week, The Reading Life celebrates four years of being on the air. Our guests: Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, and Laura Kelley, author of The Irish in New Orleans.

**Lagniappe Audio**

This week on The Reading Life: That great Southern storyteller, Rick Bragg, talks about the writing of Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.

We’ll also hear from novelist Moira Crone, author of The Ice Garden, and have a quick preview of Eric Kimmel’s visit to New Orleans. His beautiful new book is Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale.

**Langniappe Audio*

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book, with text by Morgan Molthrop, is Artist Spaces: New Orleans, which takes us inside the work spaces of many inspired and inspiring people.

Mystery writer Greg Herren talks about the  latest — and maybe the last — in his Chanse MacLeod series, Murder in the Arts District.

**Lagniappe Audio**

This week on The Reading Life:  Oliver Houck, author of Downstream Toward Home: A Book of Rivers, and Dominic Massa, author of New Orleans Radio.

**Lagniappe Audio*

This week on The Reading Life: best-selling author Anne Rice, whose most recent novel is Prince Lestat.

We'll also hear from Gary Krist, whose new book is Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans.

**Interview Outtakes**

This week on the Reading Life: Wayne Curtis, author of The Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco and Why It Matters Today.

And short story writer Kevin Fortuna, whose first collection is The Dunning Man.

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