The Reading Life

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

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 New Orleans native son and bestselling author Walter Isaacson, author of a great new biography, "Leonardo da Vinci."

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with poet Eileen Myles, whose new memoir is Afterglow, and Simeon Marsalis, whose new novel is As Lie Is to Grin.  

This week on The Reading Life:  I’ll be talking with Richard Campanella, whose insightful new book of essays is Cityscapes of New Orleans. We’ll also hear from Susan Tucker and Lee Grue about their fascinating anthology, Mending for Memory: Sewing in Louisiana – Essays, Stories, and Poems, and I’ll have a preview of the Louisiana Book Festival, October 28 at the State Capitol.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Morgan Babst about her new novel, The Floating World. And we’ll hear from David Fulmer about Eclipse Alley, the newest entry in his Storyville-set mystery series.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with John Magill about this new book, "The Incomparable Magazine Street." David Cuthbert and Bob Bruce, who’ve adapted their musical show, "Cinderella Battistella," into a children’s fairy tale Nawlins style, whoop it up. And Susan has a review of Jesmyn Ward's magnificent National Book Award finalist, "Sing, Unburied, Sing."

This week on The Reading Life: Russell Lord, NOMA curator of photographs, talks about 

This week on The Reading Life: Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde, co-editors of New Orleans: The First Hundred Years, and William Barnwell, author of Angels in the Wilderness: Young and Black in New Orleans and Beyond.

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This week on The Reading Life: Patty Friedmann, author of Organized Panic: A Novel. Poet Brad Richard, chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School, talks about his passion project, the Scholastic Writing Awards competition, along with readings by Darius Christiansen and Sophie Evans, two of the recent winners from New Orleans.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with presidential historian Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas, author of “The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.” We’ll also hear from Shannan Cvitanovic, who’s the executive director of YMCA Educational Services, about ways you can make a difference in September, which is national literacy month.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with poet and memoirist Alice Anderson, author of "Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away: A Memoir." We’ll also hear from comedian Mike Strecker, whose new books are "The Young Comic’s Guide to Telling Jokes, Books 1 and 2."

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