The Reading Life

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:00 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.

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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Major support for The Reading Life comes from:

Octavia Books and Christwood.

This week on The Reading Life: Ron Thibodeaux, author of Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and Michael Allen Zell, who’s coordinating the New Orleans celebration of Bloomsday on June 16. Plus we check in at the Summer Reading Kick-off party at Latter Library.

This week on The Reading Life: Neighborhood Story Project founder Abram Himelstein talks about the Big Write-A-Thon coming up June 10. And we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Philip Palmedo, who’s written a new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery. Susan also has some recommendations for Summer reading.

Biographer Rich Cohen

May 29, 2012

This week on The Reading Life: Biographer and memoirist Rich Cohen, whose new book is The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, about New Orleanian Sam Zemurray.

Then we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power, and Susan will have some thoughts on reading The Times-Picayune.

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new novel is called Canada. And we’ll hear from Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger, editors of Newcomb College, 1886-2006, Higher Education for Women in New Orleans.        

This week on The Reading Life: booksellers Elizabeth Barry Ahlquist of Blue Cypress Books and Maggie McKeown of McKeown's Books and Difficult Music talk about the used book business. Then we're off to City Park for a conversation with New Orleans Museum of Art curator Miranda Lash, editor of the catalog, The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

This week on The Reading Life  we talk with Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson, editor of the new anthology Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing; and with photographer Kerri McCaffety, whose gorgeous new book is New Orleans New Elegance. And we'll also have a few suggestions for Mother's Day giving.

This week on The Reading Life: A look back at World Book Night around town, and a visit with Joi Raines, who loves reading and book clubs about as much as Susan does!

Art and Architecture

Apr 24, 2012

This week on The Reading Life: French artist Jeremie Garcin (who paints as Gersin), talks about his art, and his gorgeous new sketchbook, New Orleans Sojourn. Then Tulane architecture professor John Klingman describes what's New In New Orleans Architecture.

This week on The Reading Life: World Book Night U.S. executive director Carl Lennertz, talking about the big book give-away to come on April 23, novelist Gerald Duff, author of Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League, and a poetry performance by Don Paul and Somewhere South of Metropolis.

One of the surprises from Monday's Pulitzer Prize announcements was the lack of an award in the fiction category. It's the first time since 1977 that the Pulitzer board hasn't given an award for fiction writing.

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