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:  Sarah DeBacher of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project and Abram Himelstein of the Neighborhood Story Project, talking about When I Was Your Age, a lovely book of essays by the teachers of Andrew W. Wilson Charter School, and novelist Rene Steinke, author of Friendswood.

This week on the Reading Life: Irvin Mayfield, whose new book is Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Playhouse, and Charles Brown, executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.

This week on The Reading Life: Randy Fertel, author of "A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation," and Whitney Stewart, author of "Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids."

This week on the Reading Life:  Former senior drama critic of The New Yorker and biographer John Lahr, whose new book is Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Fles. Lahr recently received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and will be a headliner at this week's Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

This week on the Reading Life:  historian Adam Rothman, author of  Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery and Skip Horack, whose new novel is The Other Joseph.

This week on The Reading Life: Celebrity journalist Kevin Sessums, whose new memoir is I Left It On the Mountain, and LaShonda Katrice Barnett, whose debut novel is Jam on the Vine. She’ll be appearing at this year’s Tennessee Williams/ Literary Festival, as well as the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.

This week on The Reading Life: Rien Fertel, author of Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in 19th Century New Orleans, and Linda Seabright of the Creativity Collective, which sponsors a book club called nolalit.

Rien's one of the featured speakers at this year's Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, and Linda's book group is taking a field trip to the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

This week on the Reading Life: Director of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop M.O. Walsh, whose debut novel is My Sunshine Away, and C.S. Harris, author of Who Buries the Dead, the tenth in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series.

This week on the Reading Life:  New Orleans native, novelist T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville, and poets Brett Evans and Chris Shipman, authors of Tit Rex Parade.

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.

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