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: Love and Valentines! Morgan Molthrop talks about his new book, LOVE New Orleans, book artist Amelia Bird talks about making handmade Valentines at Baskerville, and Dan Reinhold talks about teaching a course in writing love poems.

This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Tom Cooper, whose first book is The Marauders, and whose new book is The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing But You Don’t Have to Be.

This week on the Reading Life:  Brian Boyles, author of New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, and novelist Barry Gifford, whose Sailor and Lula saga (remember Wild at Heart?) culminates in The Up-Down.

**LAGNIAPPE OUT TAKES**

This week on The Reading Life: We’ll be looking back at two local authors who achieved international acclaim in 2014.

We’ll hear from Joseph Boyden, whose novel, The Orenda, was the winner of the Canada Reads competition in March of 2014. We’ll also hear from Niyi Osundare, whom we interviewed in 2011 on the publication of his poems, City Without People: The Katrina Poems. Niyi Osundare received the National Order of Merit from his native Nigeria in 2014.

This week on The Reading Life: Miki Pfeffer, whose new book is Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair.

And editor David Johnson talks about about 100 issues of great reading in Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the publication of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

This week on the Reading Life: Historian Ronald Drez, author of The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception: The British Attempt to Seize New Orleans and Nullify the Louisiana Purchase, and crime novelist Bill Loehfelm, whose new book featuring New Orleans detective Maureen Coughlin is Doing the Devil’s Work.

Also, Sara Woodard talks about STAIR.

**Lagniappe Audio**

This week on the Reading Life: We talk with a true Louisiana treasure, Louisiana Writer Award-winner of 2014, former poet laureate Darrell Bourque.

And author escort Ted O’Brien talks about his year of driving authors around.

This week on The Reading Life: Bonnie Warren talks about New Orleans Homes at Christmas and Whitney Stewart and Stephanie Stokes talk about the return of cherished family bibles via the internet. And Gladin Scott of Maple Street Book Shop offers cookbook recommendations.

Gladin Scott's cookbook picks:

This week on The Reading Life: Rachel Breunlin and Bruce Sunpie Barnes, co-editors of Talk That Music Talk: Passing on Brass Band Music in New Orleans the Traditional Way.

And Candice Huber of Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop has some recommendations for the science fiction and fantasy lover in your life.

Candice Huber's Book Recommendations:

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new book about Frank Bascombe is Let Me Be Frank With You. We’ll also hear from performance poet Jose Torres-Tama, author of Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares. And Emilie Lamy of May Books, a new shop on Royal St., offers art book recommendations for holiday giving.

Holiday gift suggestions from Emilie Lamy of May Books:

Title: Holy Bible
Authors: Oliver Chanarin & Adam Broomberg.
Published by MACK BOOKS.

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