The Reading Life

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon

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

Major support for The Reading Life is provided by Octavia Books, with additional support from Christwood Retirement Community.

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

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. We’ll also hear from book artists Jessica Peterson and Sara White, who have an exhibit, "Convergence," up at Antenna Gallery Reading Room. Jessica also offers book arts classes at her studio, Southern Letterpress.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julia Glass, whose wonderful new novel is A House Among the Trees; she has fond memories of her career taking off after she won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's prize for novella. Ellen Gilchrist, who's coming to town this week, talks about the hard won wisdom that comes with time in her new collection, Things Like the Truth: Out of My Later Years.

This week on The Reading Life: Benjamin Moser, author of  "Why This World? A Biography of Clarice Lispector," talks about his longstanding affection for the Brazilian writer and his stewardship of her literary legacy. And Susan has a review of Roxane Gay’s "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body."

This week on The Reading Life: Bill Loehfelm's policewoman Maureen Coughlin takes on Mardi Gras in "The Devil’s Muse." We’ll also hear from artist Emma Fick, who has created the very charming and colorful sketchbook, "Snippets of New Orleans."

This week on The Reading Life: We'll be talking about the Vietnamese community in Louisiana in fact and in fiction. Mark VanLandingham talks about his scholarly study, Weathering Katrina: Culture and Recovery Among Vietnamese Americans. And Joanne O’Sullivan, author of the young adult novel, Between Two Skies, a story of a a Cajun girl who falls in love with a budding Vietnamese bluesman in her home town of Bayou Perdu.

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane professor Yuri Herrera, whose third book set in the world of Mexican drug culture is "Kingdom Cons." Journalist/historian Paige Bowers of Baton Rouge, author of "The General’s Niece: The Little Known DeGaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France,' talks about her quest to tell the story of Genevieve DeGaulle.

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This week on The Reading Life: Jon McCarthy, author of "Hard Roll: A Paramedic’s Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans." Michael Allen Zell previews Bloomsday 2017, that annual celebration of James Joyce's "Ulysses," and catches us up on books coming from the new imprint, Crescent City Books.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans mystery writer Jean Redmann, author of Girl on the Edge of Summer and Perdition, and just in time for June weddings, Ada Calhoun talks about her new essay collection, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give.

This week on The Reading Life: Culinary historian Jessica Harris, author of High on the Hog, Beyond Gumbo, and so many other great books, talks about about her new and very personal memoir, "My Soul Looks Back." Nicholas Reynolds uncovers a new side of a great American writer in "Writer, Sailor, Soldier Spy, Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961," and Phyllis Jordan previews that annual rite of spring, the Symphony Book Fair.

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This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Alys Arden, author of "The Casquette Girls" and "The Romeo Catchers," is creating the next generation of New Orleans witches and vampires. And geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro takes us on a leisurely historical/cultural tour in "Island People: The World and the Caribbean."

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