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
1:41 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Reading Life With Wimps, Underpants And PTSD

Jeff Kinney

This week on The Reading Life: Jeff Kinney, creator of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants. We’ll also hear from novelist Cara Hoffman, whose new book is Be Safe, I Love You.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Reading Life With Roy Hoffman And John Gery

This week on The Reading Life: Alabama novelist Roy Hoffman, whose new book is Come Landfall, and UNO professor and poet John Gery, whose new collection is Have at You Now!

*Lagniappe!*

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The Reading Life
2:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Reading Life With Richard Sexton, Justin Go, Beth Ann Fennelly And Tom Franklin

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere.

 We'll also hear from debut novelist Justin Go, whose book is The Steady Running of the Hour, and we'll visit with novelists Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, authors of The Tilted World, about the 1927 Mississippi flood.

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The Reading Life
1:52 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Reading Life With Zachary Lazar, Frances Mayes And Whitney Stewart

Zachary Lazar

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University’s Zachary Lazar, whose new novel of Jewish identity is I Pity the Poor Immigrant. We’ll also hear from Frances Mayes, author of the much beloved Under the Tuscan Sun, who has a new, surprisingly Southern memoir out, called Under Magnolia.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Reading Life With Joel Dinerstein And Mona Lisa Saloy

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University's Joel Dinerstein, whose new book is American Cool, the companion volume to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

Plus, we sit down with the always-exuberant Mona Lisa Saloy, whose new collection is Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems.

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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Reading Life With Nevada Barr And Sally Asher

Nevada Barr

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling mystery novelist Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel,  and Sally Asher, author of Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names.

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The Reading Life
1:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Reading Life With Valerie Martin And Dani Shapiro

This week on The Reading Life: Tennessee Williams Festival guests Valerie Martin, whose new novel is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, and Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of the Creative Life.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

The Reading Life With Richard Campanella And Blake Bailey

This week on The Reading Life: Richard Campanella, author of Bourbon Street: A History, and memoirist Blake Bailey, author of The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, both of whom will be appearing at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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The Reading Life
1:57 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

The Reading Life With Bonnie Warren And Rob Owen

This week on The Reading Life: Bonnie Warren, whose new book, with photographer Cheryl Gerber, is New Orleans Historic Homes.

We’ll also have a Mardi Gras visit with Rob Owen, the author, with his daughter Edie Carol Owen, of Spy Boy, Cheyenne, and 96 Crayons: A Mardi Gras Indian’s Story. And we hear a poem from Katherine Soniat.

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The Reading Life
1:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Reading Life With M.A. Harper, Julie Smith And Bill Cotter

This week on The Reading Life: M.A. (Annette) Harper, whose new novel is Diamonds in the Sky, talks about ebook publishing with booksbnimble founder Julie Smith.

We’ll also hear from Bill Cotter, author of The Parallel Apartments, who’s coming to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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