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
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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The Reading Life
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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The Reading Life
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.

The Reading Life
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.

The Reading Life
1:39 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Attica Locke, Stephan Pastis, and Michael Allen Zell

This week on The Reading Life: The fabulous mystery novelist Attica Locke, whose new book is the Louisiana-set The Cutting Season, cartoonist Stephan Pastis, author of Pearls Freaks the #*%#: A Freaky Pearls Before Swine Treasury, who speaks to us from the cloakroom of a Greek restaurant in Chicago (really!), and New Orleans bookseller/novelist Michael Allen Zell, author of

The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Creole Trombone and Sci-Fi

On The Reading Life this week: John McCusker, author of Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz, and award-winning science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, who will be the author guest of honor at the CONtraflow II fan conference this weekend.

The Reading Life
1:54 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Poets, Dixie Bohemia, and Nocturnes

This week on The Reading Life: poet Sharon Olds, author of Stag's Leap, John Shelton Reed, author of Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s, and Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk, authors of Nocturnes.

The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

T. Geronimo Johnson and Madaline Herlong

T. Geronimo Johnson

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Hold It Til It Hurts, and Madaline Herlong, whose new young adult novel is called Buddy.

The Reading Life
2:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Louisiana Art and Skinny Poetry

This week on The Reading Life: Dr. Michael Sartisky, president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and editor, with J. Richard Gruber and John Kemp, of the gorgeous new book, A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana.

Then we talk with poet Carolyn Hembree, whose new collection is called Skinny.

The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Researching Bobby Dunbar

This week on The Reading Life: Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright, authors of  A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation.

And then we talk with Maureen O’Dwyer, who facilitates the Southern Literature reading group at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

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