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
1:29 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Reading Life With Wayne Curtis And Kevin Fortuna

This week on the Reading Life: Wayne Curtis, author of The Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco and Why It Matters Today.

And short story writer Kevin Fortuna, whose first collection is The Dunning Man.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Reading Life With Carl Hiaasen And Michael A. Ross

Carl Hiaasen

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen tells us about his National Book award-nominated Skink No Surrender, his first book for teens. Michael A. Ross, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland (formerly of Loyola University) talks about The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. And Jennifer Edwards invites us to The Big Read of The Grapes of Wrath at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

The Reading Life With Keith Weldon Medley And Dylan Landis

This week on The Reading Life:  Keith Weldon Medley, author of Black Life in Old New Orleans, and novelist Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal.

Poets Brad Richard and Madeleine LeCesne talk about the Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana. Madeline was recently named one of five National Student Poets in a ceremony at the White House.

**LAGNIAPPE AUDIO**

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Reading Life With Gregory Benford And Ralph Adamo

Gregory Benford

This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning science fiction writer Gregory Benford, whose most recent novel, co-authored with Larry Niven, is Shipstar. He will be the featured speaker at this weekend’s ContraFlow, the fourth annual science fiction and fantasy convention.

And poet Ralph Adamo talks about his new book, Ever: Poems 2000-2014.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Reading Life With Baskerville Studios And James Nolan

Baskerville Studios Press

This week on The Reading Life: Book artists Amelia Bird and Katie Wollan of Baskerville Studio talk about classes and workshops coming up at their nonprofit letterpress printing and book arts pied-à-terre.

James Nolan debuts his new book, You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Reading Life With Nancy Goldstone, Amy Kirk Duvoisin And Wayne Everard

This week on The Reading Life: Nancy Goldstone, author of The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc, and Amy Kirk Duvoisin, founder of the Joan of Arc Project and captain of the Krewe d Jeanne d’Arc, talk about the fifth annual Salon de Jeanne D’Arc. It's coming up Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Danna Center at Loyola University, hosted by the Loyola Medieval Studies program.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The Reading Life With Peter Mendelsund And Megan Holt

Peter Mendelsund

This week on The Reading Life: Peter Mendelsund, author of What We See When We Read and Cover and associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf, talks about book design.

Megan Holt previews this year’s One Book One New Orleans literacy initiative, centered on Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Reading Life With Maple Leaf Rag V And Maureen Corrigan

This week on The Reading Life: Contributors to Maple Leaf Rag V, the fifth anniversary volume of writings from the long running series at the Maple Leaf Bar. We’ll hear from publisher John Travis, and poets Nancy Harris and Steve Beisner.

We’ll also talk with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, whose new book is So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.

*Lagniappe Audio*

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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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