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
1:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Reading Life With 'The Oblivion Atlas' And Marty Mulé

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Allen Zell and photographers Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, who work as Louviere and Vanessa, about their new book, The Oblivion Atlas.

We'll also hear from Marty Mulé about his new book, Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports.

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The Reading Life
1:39 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

N.O. In Literature, And Where Writers Wrote

This week on The Reading Life: Dillard University professor Nancy Dixon, editor of a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature and Angela Carll, author of Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans.

We'll also hear from poet Gina Ferrara, whose new collection is Amber Porch Light.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The Reading Life With Rich Cohen And Mary Fitzpatrick

This week on The Reading Life, Rich Cohen, whose new book is Monsters: the 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. We'll also hear from Mary Fitzpatrick, who's the co-editor, with Virginia McCollam, of a gorgeous new book about New Orleans called Days and Nights in the Dreamy City: Locals Share Their Favorite Places.

Plus we hear a poem from Andy Young.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Reading Life With Garrison Keillor And Carrie Brown

Garrison Keillor

This week, The Reading Life begins its third year! Our special guest is Garrison Keillor, poet, novelist, essayist, host of Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. His new book of poems is called O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical and Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound.

We'll also hear from novelist Carrie Brown, author of The Last First Day.

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The Reading Life
1:32 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Reading Life With Sheri Fink And Errol Barron

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-Ravaged Hospital, and architect Errol Barron, whose lovely new sketchbook is Roma Osservata, or, Rome Observed.

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The Reading Life
1:51 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Reading Life With Matt Sakakeeny, Denise McConduit And Shannan Cvitanovic

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane music professor, ethnomusicologist, journalist and Los Po-Boy-Citos guitarist Matt Sakakeeny, author of Roll with It: Brass Bands on the Streets of New Orleans. We'll also hear from Denise McConduit, whose new children's book is The Boy Who Didn't Like to Read, and who'll be appearing at the New Orleans Children's Book Festival at Latter Library Nov. 16.

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The Reading Life
1:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Reading Life: An Atlas, Birds And Bird

This week on The Reading Life: Rebecca Snedeker, co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of The Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, a collection of 22 gorgeous maps, accompanying essays, and art that will change the way you view our city.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Reading Life With Wally Lamb, Samuel G. Freedman And LaToya Devezin

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Wally Lamb, whose new book is the unforgettable We Are Water, and nonfiction writer Samuel G. Freedman, author of Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

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The Reading Life
1:40 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Anne Rice, Christopher Rice And Deborah Burst

Anne and Christopher Rice.

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!*

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The Reading Life
12:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Reading Life With Allan Gurganus And Rebecca Theim

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.

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