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, The Reading Life celebrates four years of being on the air. Our guests: Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, and Laura Kelley, author of The Irish in New Orleans.

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This week on The Reading Life: That great Southern storyteller, Rick Bragg, talks about the writing of Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.

We’ll also hear from novelist Moira Crone, author of The Ice Garden, and have a quick preview of Eric Kimmel’s visit to New Orleans. His beautiful new book is Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale.

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This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book, with text by Morgan Molthrop, is Artist Spaces: New Orleans, which takes us inside the work spaces of many inspired and inspiring people.

Mystery writer Greg Herren talks about the  latest — and maybe the last — in his Chanse MacLeod series, Murder in the Arts District.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Oliver Houck, author of Downstream Toward Home: A Book of Rivers, and Dominic Massa, author of New Orleans Radio.

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This week on The Reading Life: best-selling author Anne Rice, whose most recent novel is Prince Lestat.

We'll also hear from Gary Krist, whose new book is Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans.

**Interview Outtakes**

This week on the Reading Life: Wayne Curtis, author of The Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco and Why It Matters Today.

And short story writer Kevin Fortuna, whose first collection is The Dunning Man.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen tells us about his National Book award-nominated Skink No Surrender, his first book for teens. Michael A. Ross, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland (formerly of Loyola University) talks about The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. And Jennifer Edwards invites us to The Big Read of The Grapes of Wrath at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

This week on The Reading Life:  Keith Weldon Medley, author of Black Life in Old New Orleans, and novelist Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal.

Poets Brad Richard and Madeleine LeCesne talk about the Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana. Madeline was recently named one of five National Student Poets in a ceremony at the White House.

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This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning science fiction writer Gregory Benford, whose most recent novel, co-authored with Larry Niven, is Shipstar. He will be the featured speaker at this weekend’s ContraFlow, the fourth annual science fiction and fantasy convention.

And poet Ralph Adamo talks about his new book, Ever: Poems 2000-2014.

This week on The Reading Life: Book artists Amelia Bird and Katie Wollan of Baskerville Studio talk about classes and workshops coming up at their nonprofit letterpress printing and book arts pied-à-terre.

James Nolan debuts his new book, You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories.

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