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.

Major support for The Reading Life comes from:

Octavia Books and Christwood.

This week on The Reading Life: Artist Alex Beard, author of A Brush with Nature: Abstract Realism and the Painting of Life. Colleen Mooney, author of Rescued by a Kiss and Dead and Breakfast, talks about her efforts to form a New Orleans chapter of the mystery writers' and readers' organization, Sisters in Crime. And Susan has a report from the recent Writers Resist reading.

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Writers Resist, New Orleans: Program, January 15, 2017

This week on The Reading Life: One of Louisiana's finest fiction writers and teachers, now a professor emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana University, Tim Gautreaux. His smart, funny collection, Signals: New and Selected Stories, will having you falling in love with his distinctive Louisiana sensibility all over again.

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Jerry Ward, whose new book is Fractal Song. We’ll also hear from novelists Jami Attenberg and Adrian Van Young about the Writers Resist event coming up January 15, with great New Orleans writers reading from the work of such inspiring figures as James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Allen Ginsberg, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week on The Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, co-author with Jeremy Alford, takes us into the writing of "Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin, An Epic Louisiana Election," about the race between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter. Will Schwalbe, author of "The End of Your Life Book Club," is back with another celebration of reading, "Books for Living."

**Lagniappe Audio**

This week on The Reading Life: British jazz scholar Alyn Shipton and Music Inside Out's Gwen Thompkins talk about "Danny Barker: A Life in Jazz," a beautifulnew edition of this classic from the Historic New Orleans Collection. And Susan looks back at the literary year.

This week on The Reading Life: New Orleans business journalist Kathy Finn, the author of a new biography, Tom Benson: A Billionaire's Journey. We'll also hear from Cowboy Mouth drummer Fred LeBlanc, whose new children's book is Fred - The New Orleans Drummer Boy.

This week on The Reading Life:  Yvonne Perret, author of Simon of New Orleans, tells tales about chef-turned-artist Simon Hardeveld and his cheery creations. Beloved hildren's musician/author Johnette Downing talks about her new book, Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh, in partnership with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Audubon Nature Institute.

This week on The Reading Life:  Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, a biography of the New Orleans native who was the creator of Krazy Kat.

This week on The Reading Life: John Kemp, author of the gorgeous book, "Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape," and poet Andrea Panzeca, whose new collection is "Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets."

This week on The Reading Life: John DeSantis, author,  and James Loiselle, photographer, talk about The Thibodaux Massacre, Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Strike. And novelist Chris Tusa, talks about his post-Katrina tale, City of Falling Stars.

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