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: A great line-up of authors coming for The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, with NPR favorite Amy Dickinson, whose new book is Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home; actress and biographer Patricia Bosworth, whose new memoir is The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan; and environmental historian Jack E. Davis, whose new book is The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, a must-read for folks in our area.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Bestselling author Wally Lamb, whose most recent novel is “I’ll Take You There." We also hear from historian Miriam Davis, author of the Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story, and novelist Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy. These terrific writers will all be in town for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival coming up March 22-26.

This week on The Reading Life:  Jami Attenberg, whose wonderful new novel is All Grown Up. We’ll also hear from novelist Colson Whitehead, author of the National Book Award winner, The Underground Railroad.

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Meg Wolitzer, who’s the Zale Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Tulane University next week; her most recent book is The Interestings. We’ll also hear from Louisiana native Martin Hyatt, whose new novel is Beautiful Gravity. And I’ll have a review of Brian Altobello’s Carnival in Louisiana: Celebrating Mardi Gras from the French Quarter to the Red River.

This week on The Reading Life: Melissa Daggett, the author of an illuminating new book, Spiritualism in 19th Century New Orleans: The History of Henry Louis Rey.  Alison Alsup and Tom Andes talk about the New Orleans Writers Workshop offerings, and Rodger Kamenetz, author of The History of Last Night's Dream, invites us to a dream workshop sponsored by the School for Contemplative Living.

This week on The Reading Life: Mississippi writers who will be at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March! Michael Farris Smith talks about his terrific second novel, "Desperation Road," one of the best spring books so far, and Mary Miller gives us the lowdown on her unforgettable short story collection, "Always Happy Hour." Writer and yoga instructor AC Lambeth invites you to a reading/discussion series of the Indian classic, "The Ramayana," at Wild Lotus Yoga Studio.

Carnival time is one of the most interesting times of the year in New Orleans. But, carnival is also celebrated in other countries. This Continuum presents Renaissance music of Italian carnivals and particularly the Florentine Carnival. Songs and dances with a particular Italian sound abound in this program. Recordings used are: A Florentine Carnival (London Pro Musica) - IMP PCD 825, and Italian Renaissance Carnival Songs (Josquin Ensemble Wien) - Christophorus CD 74538.

This week on The Reading Life: New Orleanian Susan Bernofsky, whose most recent work is the translation of "Memoirs of a Polar Bear," by Yoko Tawada. She directs the literary translation program at the Columbia University School of the Arts and is is one of the leading translators of German language literature. We'll also hear from poet Stacey Balkun, whose new collection is "The Lost City Museum."

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This week on The Reading Life: Pamela Arceneaux of the Historic New Orleans Collection, whose new book is Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, and novelist Susan Rivers, making her debut with The Second Mrs. Hockaday.

This week on The Reading Life: Artist Alex Beard, author of A Brush with Nature: Abstract Realism and the Painting of Life. Colleen Mooney, author of Rescued by a Kiss and Dead and Breakfast, talks about her efforts to form a New Orleans chapter of the mystery writers' and readers' organization, Sisters in Crime. And Susan has a report from the recent Writers Resist reading.

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Writers Resist, New Orleans: Program, January 15, 2017

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