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

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The Reading Life With Stephanie Hepburn And Michael Marshall

This week on The Reading Life: Journalist Stephanie Hepburn, author of Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight, and historian Michael Marshall, author of Gallant Creoles: A History of The Donaldsonville Cannoniers.

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The Reading Life
1:46 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The Reading Life With Erica Spindler And Jack Bedell

Erica Spindler

This week on The Reading Life: Erica Spindler, whose new thriller is Justice for Sarah, and poet Jack Bedell, whose new book is Bone-Hollow, True: New and Selected Poems.

 And we'll have an audio postcard from Kate Richardson, who had a blast at the Ernest Hemingway celebration, Pobre de Mi.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Reading Life With George Bishop And Danny Heitman

This week on The Reading Life: author George Bishop, whose new Louisiana-set novel is Night of the Comet, and Baton Rouge Advocate columnist Danny Heitman, on the pleasures and problems of inheriting books. Susan also talks about more summer reading.

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The Reading Life
1:49 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Reading Life With James Lee Burke And Alex McConduit

This week on The Reading Life: The one, the only, James Lee Burke. Light of the World is the 20th novel in his series featuring Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux.

We'll also hear from New Orleans children's book author Alex McConduit, whose new book is The Thorn in My Horn.

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The Reading Life
1:39 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Two Louisiana Estates And Cocktail Reading On The Reading Life

This week on The Reading Life: Fred Starr, author of Une Belle Maison: The Lombard Plantation House in New Orleans's Historic Bywater, along with photographer Richard Sexton and writer Randy Harelson, creators of New Roads and Old Rivers: A History of Point Coupee Parish, and Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail.

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The Reading Life
1:46 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

The Reading Life With Peter Wolf, Brett Martin And Hemingway Festivities

This week on The Reading Life: Peter M. Wolf, author of My New Orleans, Gone Away: A Memoir of Loss and Renewal. Plus, Brett Martin talks about his eerily timely Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

And Sunday Shae Parker gives us a preview of the Running of the Bulls and the fifth annual Hemingway Celebration coming up July 14.

 

Bonus!!

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The Reading Life
1:41 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Reading Life With Mark Childress And The Community Book Center

This week on The Reading Life: We check in with that wonderful comic novelist Mark Childress (Crazy in Alabama), who has a new book, What It Means to Miss New Orleans: Three Essays After Katrina.

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The Reading Life
1:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The Reading Life With Sheila Heti And Lee Miller

Author Sheila Heti.

This week on The Reading Life: Canadian novelist Sheila Heti, whose most recent book is the genre-bending How Should a Person Be?

We’ll also talk with Lee Miller of the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University's Howard-Tilton Library. And Susan will have some picks for summer reading.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Reading Life With Nancy Harris, Don Quixote And The Historic New Orleans Collection Book Fair

This week on The Reading Life, we’ll talk with longtime New Orleans poet Nancy Harris whose new collection is Beauty Eating Beauty. We’ll also hear from Amanda McFillen, the assistant curator of museum programs at The Historic New Orleans Collection, about a new summer book festival coming up June 22.

And we’ll check in with Susie Penman and Ted O’Brien who are starting the One Time Don Quixote Book Club, which might just be the right book club for you.

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The Reading Life
1:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Straight Outta Swampton On The Reading Life

This week on The Reading Life, The Neighborhood Story Project's Woodlief Thomas, Lake Area NTEC High School creative writing teacher Jeremy Roussel, and Lake Area students Rejeanne Boudreaux and Devin Lafrance, creators of the new book from the Neighborhood Story Project, Straight Outta Swampton.

We’ll also talk with Karin Giger, who’s one of the folks behind the Pinckley Memorial Little Free Library on Soniat St. in the side yard of Latter Library. And Susan has some picks for summer reading.

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