This week on The Reading Life, we talk with Paul Willis, executive director of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, and mystery novelist Greg Herren, one of the festival speakers. We visit with actress turned short story writer Diane Ladd, whose new collection is "A Bad Afternoon for a Piece of Cake," and we check in with a merry band of book givers on World Book Night.
This week on The Reading Life: Poet Megan Burns, whose new book is Sound and Basin, and University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop director Rick Barton, who’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of his novel Black and White on the Rocks.
We'll also talk with writer/philanthropist Randy Fertel, founder of The Ron Ridenhour Prizes, and Seth Rosenfeld, who received the book prize this year for Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power.
This week on The Reading Life, Susan talks with Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and This Is How: How to Survive what You Think You Can't, and Erin Greenwald of the Historic New Orleans Collection, editor of A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies, A Memoir by Marc-Antoine Caillot, describes the lost and found history of a fascinating manuscript.
This week on The Reading Life: An excerpt from “Reading in the Digital Age," a panel with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham and critics Maureen Corrigan of Fresh Air and Dwight Garner of the New York Times, recorded at the 2013 Tennessee Williams Festival.
We'll also talk with Peg Phelps of the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library book sale.
The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival is the big event in town this week, and The Reading Life is there.
We present festival guests, including first-time novelist and Oprah pick Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; playwright John Biguenet, whose new work is Mold; and Elena Passarello, the first woman to win the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest, and author of a book of essays entitled, appropriately enough, Let Me Clear My Throat.