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: Cynthia Joyce, editor of Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans After Katrina, a terrific collection of writing that appeared online between 2005 and 2007. And Tony Dunbar talks about his new Tubby Dubonnet mystery, Night Watchman.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Alex Kershaw, whose new book about World War II is Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Occupied Paris.

We’ll also hear from J. Ryan Stradal, author of the debut novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. And Chris Smith of the Jefferson Parish Public Library talks about the library's first literary festival August 8 at East Bank Regional Library.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Novelist Jamie Attenberg, whose sensational summer novel is Saint Mazie, and novelist Mary Helen Lagasse, author of The Navel of the Moon.

This week on The Reading Life: Harrison Scott Key, author of The World's Largest Man: A Memoir, and lawyer-turned-novelist Webb Hubbell, author of Ginger Snaps. And Susan shares a few thoughts on Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.

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This week on The Reading Life: Photographer David Spielman, whose new book is The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City.  And Julie Reiner, author of The Craft Cocktail Party.

This week on the Reading Life: Let the good times roll with Big Freedia, author of Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!, and Gay Leonhardt, editor of Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans: Authentic Vintage Cocktails from A to Z.

**Correction - Big Freedia will be at Octavia Books on Friday, 7/10/15, and not on Saturday as announced.

This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Kent Wascom, author of the brilliant new novel, Secessia, and photographer Robert Brantley, author of Henry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect.

John Rosenthal

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer John Rosenthal, whose sad and beautiful new book is After: the Silence of the Lower Ninth Ward, with a preface by Lolis Eric Elie and afterword by John Pope.

We’ll also talk with novelist Nick Courage, whose new middle grade novel is The Loudness, and Jody Barranco, who is the steward of a Little Free Library in Old Jefferson.

This week on the Reading Life:  Yuri Herrera, whose new novel is Signs Preceding the End of the World, and novelist George Bishop, contributor to the new anthology, A Book of Uncommon Prayer.

This week on The Reading Life: Roberta Brandes Gratz, whose new book is We're Still Here, Ya Bastards; How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City. Also, Amy King, who recently received the Bookwoman Award from the Women's National Book Association.

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