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

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Reading Life With Katy Simpson Smith And Nicholas Meis

Katy Simpson Smith

This week on The Reading Life, host Susan Larson talks with historian turned novelist Katy Simpson Smith, whose gorgeous The Story of Land and Sea is one of the big fall debuts this season.

And we'll hear from Nicholas Meis, author of New Orleans Hurricanes from the Start.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Reading Life With Michael Pitre And Gina Ferrara

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Pitre, whose splendid new novel of the Iraq war is called Fives and Twenty-Fives. We’ll also hear from Gina Ferrara, whose new collection of poems is titled Carville.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Reading Life With Todd Bol And Jeffrey Cohen

Todd Bol.
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This week on The Reading Life: Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Libraries, and Jeffrey Cohen, whose new children’s book is Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever.

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The Reading Life
1:34 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The Reading Life With John Wirt And Leyla McCalla

This week on The Reading Life: Music writer John Wirt, whose new book is Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues.

We’ll also hear from the wonderful musician Leyla McCalla, whose new CD Vari-Colored Songs, A Tribute to Langston Hughes, is inspired by the work of her favorite poet.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The Reading Life With John Ed Bradley And S. Chris Shirley

John Ed Bradley

This week on The Reading Life: Former LSU football star turned reporter turned novelist turned young adult novelist John Ed Bradley talks about his new book, Call Me By Me Name.

S. Chris Shirley tells us about his new young adult novel, Playing by the Book, as well as his work as president of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

And Susan reviews James Lee Burke’s most recent novel, Wayfaring Stranger.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Reading Life With Josh Weil And Sean Wilsey

This week on The Reading Life: Josh Weil, whose splendid new novel is The Great Glass Sea, and essayist Sean Wilsey, author of More Curious.

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The Reading Life
1:34 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Reading Life With Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry And Judith Lafitte

This week on The Reading Life, we're getting ready for that annual July celebration, Tales of the Cocktail. Jeff "Beachbum" Berry talks about his wildly entertaining history, Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them.

And bookseller Judith Lafitte of Octavia Books talks about a Storyville Blue Book that's back in print.

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The Reading Life
1:32 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

The Reading Life With Patti Callahan Henry And Laura Lane McNeal

It's a week for Southern fiction from new and established authors on The Reading Life: New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry talks about her tenth novel, The Stories We Tell, and debut novelist Laura Lane McNeal previews Dollbaby, set in New Orleans in the 1960s.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Reading Life With Terry McMillan, Carter Hooper And Mark Yakich

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale), whose Who Asked You? is out in paperback. She’s coming to town for the Essence Music Festival.

We’ll also hear from Carter Hooper, about a very special digital book project, Larry's List: My Dad's Reading List from 1984-2005, and Mark Yakich, editor of the New Orleans Review.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Reading Life With Lisa Howorth And Maggie Collins

This week on The Reading Life: Square Books co-founder Lisa Howorth, whose first novel is Flying Shoes, and debut novelist Maggie Collins, author of Celestial Blue Skies.

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