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: Anne Rice talks about the second novel in her Wolf Gift Chronicles, The Wolves of Midwinter, and Christopher Rice discusses his post-Katrina supernatural thriller, The Heavens Rise

The Rice family is coming to town for the Vampire Lestat Fan Club Ball and book signings around town. We'll also hear from Deborah Burst about Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals and Sanctuaries, for which Anne Rice wrote the introduction.  *Lagniappe Audio!*

This week on The Reading Life: The great Southern storyteller Allan Gurganus, author of Local Souls and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.

Plus, conversation with journalist Rebecca Theim, author of Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune.

*Lagniappe Audio!*

This week on The Reading Life: We'll be talking with poet Rodger Kamenetz and painter Michael Hafftka, whose new collaboration is a book called To Die Next to You.

This week on The Reading Life: Journalist and Carnival historian Errol Laborde talks about about his beautiful new book, Mardi Gras: Chronicles of New Orleans Carnival.

This week on The Reading Life: Talking Southern fiction with Michael Farris Smith, whose new novel is Rivers, and novelist David Armand, whose new book is Harlow.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Sena Jeter Naslund, coming to town for an appearance at the New Orleans Museum of Art, talks about her new book, The Fountain of St. James Court, or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.

This week on The Reading Life: Longtime journalist Mimi Read talks about writing about interior design and her gorgeous new book, Tom Sheerer Decorates.

Plus, poet Jonathan Kline, making his debut as a novelist with the New Orleans-set The Wisdom of Ashes.

This week on The Reading Life: Book collector Edwin Blair and Historic New Orleans Collection curator Mark Cave talk about the new exhibit at the HNOC, "Alternative Imprints: Jon Webb, Gypsy Lou and the Hand-Sewn World of the Loujon Press," a fascinating slice of publishing history in New Orleans.

This week on The Reading Life: Lawyer James A. Cobb, Jr., author of Flood of Lies: The St. Rita’s Nursing Home Tragedy. We’ll also hear from Ramon Antonio Vargas, author of Fight, Grin and Squarely Play the Game: The 1945 Loyola New Orleans Basketball Championship and Legacy. And Susan has a few thoughts on the Katrina books this season.

Books featured:

This week is a very special Reading Life, recorded live at Christwood Retirement Community, featuring a panel about "New Orleans Writers Writing about New Orleans Women."