The Reading Life

Sundays at noon, Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

The theme song for The Reading Life is "Sougouya" by Matt Perrine & Sunflower City, from the album Bayou Road Suite. The end theme is "Panama" by Matt Perrine, from his album Sunflower City. Both albums can be purchased at www.mattperrine.com/store.

Contact us at TheReadingLife@wwno.org

Major support for The Reading Life comes from:

Octavia Books and Christwood.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louis Maistros, author of “The Sound of Building Coffins,” who has just published a revised, expanded version of this book. Poet Melinda Palacio talks about what went into her most recent collection, “Bird Forgiveness.”

Audio extra: Melinda Palacio read's poem, How to Wash a Duck from “Bird Forgiveness”

July 15 calendar

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with novelist Kent Wascom, whose third novel in the Woolsack saga is “The New Inheritors.” We’ll also hear from Heather Veneziano, one of the editors and contributors to "Gateway to New Orleans, Bayou St. John, 1708-2018,” a gorgeous history/architectural survey of one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods.

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

This week on The Reading Life: Kim Vaz-Deville , editor of "Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans," a glorious celebration of the women's masking and marching tradition. Vaz-Deville is also the author of "The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition." She is professor of education and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. And we'll hear some special audio of producer George Ingmire's interview with Baby Doll Tee-Eva Perry.

The Reading Life with Robert Fieseler and Nick White

Jun 24, 2018

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Robert Fieseler, author of “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation," and short story writer Nick White, author of “Sweet & Low.” 

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

This week on The Reading Life: Wayne Wiegand, co-author with Shirley Wiegand, of “The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism.” We’ll also hear from novelist Silas House, whose new book is “Southernmost.”

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with  Teresa Toulouse and Barbara Ewell, co-editors of “Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans," which includes essays by such notable writers as Carrie Bernhard, Scott Bernhard, Marilyn R. Brown, Richard Campanella, John P. Clark, Joel Dinerstein, Pableaux Johnson, John P. Klingman, Angel Adams Parham, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Ruth Salvaggio, Christopher Schaberg, and Beth Willinger.  ” We’ll also hear from novelist Caleb Johnson about his enchanting, Alabama-set debut, “Treeborne.”

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with historian Craig L. Symonds, author of “World War II at Sea: A Global History,” who will be making a visit to the National World War II Museum. Megan Holt of One Book One New Orleans, talks about what's coming up in the citywide reading initiative; this year the selection is "New Orleans: A Food Biography," by Elizabeth Williams.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Victor Harris, Rachel Breunlin, and JeffreyEhrenreich, creators of the beautiful book, “Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi-Yi-Yi and the Mandingo Warriors.”

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with book artists Jessica Peterson and Yuka Petz about the upcoming opening of the Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine, 6330 St. Claude. It's a wonderful collection of rare and gorgeous books that opens to the public May 19 from 1-3:30. 

This week on The Reading Life: Jon Michael Varese, whose gorgeous debut novel is “The Spirit Photographer," and Renee Hodges, author of “Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community.”

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