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
2:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Katrina Recovery and Julia Child's Birthday

This week on The Reading Life: Daniel Wolff, author of The Fight For Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, and Tom Wooten, author of We Shall Not be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina.

And we'll celebrate Julia Child's 100th birthday in books!

The Reading Life
1:54 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Kiini Ibura Salaam and Pamela Binnings Ewen

This week on The Reading Life, Kiini Ibura Salaam, whose new collection of stories is called Ancient, Ancient. And North Shore novelist Pamela Binnings Ewen, author of Chasing the Wind. Susan also reviews a new Katrina-set novel.

The Reading Life
1:56 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

New Culinary Library and Poet Abi Pollokoff

This week on The Reading Life: We’ll talk with Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and library director Charles Brown about the new culinary library the museum is starting with the New Orleans Public Library. And we’ll hear from all around book person Abi Pollokoff — award-winning poet, Tulane Review editor, and Pelican Publishing editor. Susan also reviews the book Alif the Unseen.

The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Author William Joyce and Poet Chris Hannan

This week on The Reading Life: More of Susan's interview with the fabulous Oscar-winner William Joyce about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and storyteller Coleen Salley, as well as a reading by poet/lawyer Chris Hannan.

WWNO
7:32 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Writer and Literary Critic Susan Larson's "The Reading Life" Moves to New Times on 89.9 WWNO

Starting next Tuesday, July 24, The Reading Life with host Susan Larson will move to new times on the 89.9 WWNO schedule: Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and Sundays at noon. Susan Larson recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about the development and evolution of The Reading Life.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

James Lee Burke

This week on The Reading Life, our entire show is devoted to a conversation with James Lee Burke, whose new novel in the Dave Robicheaux series is Creole Belle.

The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Melanated Writers Collective and Little Free Libraries

This week on The Reading Life, meet members of the Melanated Writers Collective, an alliance of writers of color celebrating two years of working together. Kelly Harris and Neil Ranu talk about the importance of writerly support. And Linda Prout gives an update on the way Little Free Libraries are popping up all over our city.

The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

NOLA Gay History and Bayou Soul Conference

This week on The Reading Life, Frank Perez and Jeffrey Palmquist talk about In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar, and Clarence Nero tells us what's in store at the Bayou Soul Writers Conference.

The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Oscar-winning Filmmaker and Author William Joyce

This week on The Reading Life: The fabulous William Joyce, Oscar-winning filmmaker, author of more than 50 books, and all-around Louisiana treasure, on his new film and book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This event was recorded Friday, June 22, at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts after a screening of the film.

The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Authors Geoff Wyss and Ruth Salvaggio

This week on The Reading Life:  Jesuit High School English teacher Geoff Wyss, author of How, a terrific new story collection, and New Orleans native Ruth Salvaggio, author of Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

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