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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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This week on The Reading Life: Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Libraries, and Jeffrey Cohen, whose new children’s book is Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever.

This week on The Reading Life: Music writer John Wirt, whose new book is Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues.

We’ll also hear from the wonderful musician Leyla McCalla, whose new CD Vari-Colored Songs, A Tribute to Langston Hughes, is inspired by the work of her favorite poet.

This week on The Reading Life: Former LSU football star turned reporter turned novelist turned young adult novelist John Ed Bradley talks about his new book, Call Me By Me Name.

S. Chris Shirley tells us about his new young adult novel, Playing by the Book, as well as his work as president of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

And Susan reviews James Lee Burke’s most recent novel, Wayfaring Stranger.

This week on The Reading Life: Josh Weil, whose splendid new novel is The Great Glass Sea, and essayist Sean Wilsey, author of More Curious.