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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1:49 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Debra Shriver, Dave Brinks, and a Naked Girl

 

This week on The Reading Life: Debra Shriver, author of In the Spirit of New Orleans, Bella Blue, who is part of the troop of Naked Girls Reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and poet Dave Brinks, whose new collection is The Secret Brain.

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1:50 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Holiday Gift Books

This week on The Reading Life: Booksellers Donna Allen of Maple Street Book Shop, Judith Lafitte of Octavia Books, and Britton Trice of Garden District Book Shop offer holiday gift book suggestions, and Susan has some of her own.

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1:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Natasha Trethewey and Dalt Wonk

Natasha Trethewey

This week on The Reading Life: Natasha Trethewey, the 19th United States poet laureate, whose most recent book is Thrall, and Dalt Wonk, author of French Quarter Fables.

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1:31 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Jonathan O’Dell, Jordan Soyka, and Larissa Leclair

This week on The Reading Life we'll talk with Jonathan O’Dell, whose wonderful novel, new in paperback, is The Healing; and with Larissa Leclair, founder of the Indie Photobook Library, who’s coming to town for PhotoNOLA, the annual celebration of photography in New Orleans.

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2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rosemary James and Niyi Osundare

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This week on The Reading Life: Rosemary James, founder of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and co-owner of Faulkner House Books, who’s behind Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, and poet Niyi Osundare, whose new book is Random Blues. Susan also reviews Anne Lamott's Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

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4:06 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Will Schwalbe and David Spielman

This week on The Reading Life, Susan talks with Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, and photographer David Spielman, whose new book is When Not Performing: New Orleans Musicians.

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2:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Tom Varisco, Brad Richard and Summer Wood

This week on The Reading Life: Tom Varisco, creator of Jackson Squared, poet Brad Richard, whose new collection is Butcher’s Sugar, and novelist Summer Wood, author of Raising Wrecker.

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1:55 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Prytania and Pitbulls

This week on The Reading Life: Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart, co-authors of There’s One in Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans, and Ken Foster, whose new book is I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.

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2:03 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Walter Dean Myers and Arthé Anthony

This week on The Reading Life: National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Walter Dean Myers, whose new book is All the Right Stuff, and historian Arthé Anthony, who is the author of Picturing Black New Orleans: A Creole Photographer's View of the Early Twentieth Century.

Both of them will be appearing at the Louisiana Book Festival at the State Capitol on October 28.

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1:48 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Cheryl Landrieu, Johnette Downing, and Sheila Cork

This week on The Reading Life, New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, who'll be hosting the third annual Children's Book Festival October 20 at Latter Library.

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