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: Susan talks with James Lee Burke, whose new book is Robicheaux. Also, Susan makes a few recommendations for books about books and finally, another 'Book Song'!

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with UNO professor and poet Niyi Osundare, whose new book is "If Only the Road Could Talk: Poetic Peregrinations in Africa, Asia and Europe." And The Reading Life looks back at 2017. And more news: Starting December 31 at noon, The Reading Life has its first airing of the weekly show Sunday at noon, then againTuesday at 1:30 and Wednesday at 8. On December 31: Susan talks with James Lee Burke, whose new book is "Robicheaux."

Audio extra: Niyi Osundare talks about his visit to Paju Book City in South Korea.

This week on The Reading Life: University of Colorado-Boulder professor Emmanuel David, author of "Women of the Storm: Civic Activism after Hurricane Katrina," talks about the unusual coalition of women who came together in the city's time of need. And GK Darby, publisher of "The Bachelor in New Orleans," by Robert Taylor, with illustrations by Eugenia and Bob Riley, a reissue of a charming tongue-in-cheek guide that first appeared in 1942.

 

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Tulane University professor Joel Dinerstein, whose new study of cool -- "The Origins of Cool in Postwar America" -- goes back to its start. Chris Champagne, author of Secret New Orleans, a guide to some wonderful and unexpected sights, describes his travels around the city.

The week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Brian Boyles of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Nancy Dixon of Dillard University about New Orleans and the World, 1718 - 2018, Tricentennial Anthology.  And Cassie Pruyn, previews her new book is Bayou St. John: A Brief History.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Joe DeSalvo, Jr., and Rosemary James about 27 years of Faulkner House Books and 20 years of Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans

This week on The Reading Life: We celebrate our seventh anniversary show with MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, whose new novel is "Sing, Unburied, Sing." Jesmyn made history earlier this month by becoming the first woman to win two National Book Awards.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native son and bestselling author Walter Isaacson, author of a great new biography, "Leonardo da Vinci."

 

  

This week on The Reading Life: Two great novelists! Isabel Allende, known for "The House of the Spirits" and "Eva Luna," talks about aging and passion and her new novel, "In the Midst of Winter." And novelist Mark Helprin, known for "A Winter's Tale" and "A Soldier of the Great War," speaks about the long road to writing his most recent, "Paris in the Present Tense."

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with poet Eileen Myles, whose new memoir is Afterglow, and Simeon Marsalis, whose new novel is As Lie Is to Grin.  

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