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
6:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Authors Geoff Wyss and Ruth Salvaggio

This week on The Reading Life:  Jesuit High School English teacher Geoff Wyss, author of How, a terrific new story collection, and New Orleans native Ruth Salvaggio, author of Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

The Reading Life
6:48 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Author Ron Thibodeaux, Bloomsday, and Summer Reading Kick-off

This week on The Reading Life: Ron Thibodeaux, author of Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and Michael Allen Zell, who’s coordinating the New Orleans celebration of Bloomsday on June 16. Plus we check in at the Summer Reading Kick-off party at Latter Library.

The Reading Life
1:49 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Abram Himelstein and the Neighborhood Story Project

This week on The Reading Life: Neighborhood Story Project founder Abram Himelstein talks about the Big Write-A-Thon coming up June 10. And we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Philip Palmedo, who’s written a new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery. Susan also has some recommendations for Summer reading.

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Biographer Rich Cohen

This week on The Reading Life: Biographer and memoirist Rich Cohen, whose new book is The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, about New Orleanian Sam Zemurray.

Then we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power, and Susan will have some thoughts on reading The Times-Picayune.

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.

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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.

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