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: Mystery novelist Julie Smith, editor of New Orleans Noir: The Classics. And novelist Lisa Alther, co-author with artist Francoise Gilot, of About Women: Conversations between a Writer and a Painter.

This week I’ll be talking with Dr. Mary Frances Berry, author of Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy, along with Greg Malveaux, former director of the Louisiana Vote Fraud Commission. We’ll also hear from novelist Katy Simpson Smith, whose new book is Free Men.

This week on the Reading Life: Sunil Yapa, author of The Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, and young adult author Ruta Sepetys, author of Salt to the Sea.

This week on the Reading Life: Arthur Hardy, celebrating 40 years of publishing Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide, and Yvonne Perret, author of the children's book,  The Little Float that Could.

This week on The Reading Life: Todd Mouton, whose foot-stomping new book is Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music, and Carrie Brown, whose evocative new novel is The Stargazer's Sister.

This week, in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we’ll be reprising in its entirely our conversation with Sybil Morial, author of Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment. We'll also hear from poet Kelly Harris DeBerry, whose new spoken word CD is Revival, and a special tribute to Maya Angelou.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid, whose new novel is Splinter the Silence.  Also, home girl Hoda Kotb, whose new book, written with Jane Lorenzini, is Where We Belong: Journeys that Show Us the Way, and short story writer, Juyanne James, making a fabulous debut with The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories.

This week on the Reading Life: Bestselling author James Rollins, whose new Sigma Force thriller is The Bone Labyrinth, and biographer Christina Vella, author of George Washington Carver: A Life.

This week on The Reading Life:  Susan travels to Oscar, Louisiana, for a visit with the great Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines, author of such landmark works as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson before Dying.

This week on the Reading Life: Pilot Erin Seidemann, whose new memoir is Postcards from the Sky: Notes of an Aviatrix, and debut novelist Elizabeth Sanders, whose book, The Last Light, is set during Christmas bonfire-building season.

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