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
1:39 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Reading Life with Nathaniel Rich and Pam Houston

This week on The Reading Life we meet novelist Nathaniel Rich, author of The Mayor's Tongue and Odds Against Tomorrow.

Then we'll talk with  book collector Mark Samuels Lasner, and novelist Pam Houston, whose most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted.

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The Reading Life
1:47 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Spectacular Wickedness and Edible Books

  

This week on The Reading Life: Emily Epstein Landau talks about Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Reading Life's Tennessee Williams Fest Preview

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival is the big event in town this week, and The Reading Life is there.

We present festival guests, including first-time novelist and Oprah pick Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; playwright John Biguenet, whose new work is Mold; and Elena Passarello, the first woman to win the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest, and author of a book of essays entitled, appropriately enough, Let Me Clear My Throat.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Thomas Keith and Brenda Marie Osbey

Thomas Keith.

This week on The Reading Life, Susan gives listeners an advance look at The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival with actor, writer, and theater professor Thomas Keith, who edits Williams' work for New Directions. He will talk about his long reading of Williams' plays and memoirs.

Then, former Louisiana State Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey, also appearing at the Festival, will give us a look behind the making of her new collection, History and Other Poems.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Alison Bechdel, Ronlyn Domingue and Betsy Charron

  

This week on The Reading Life, cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother? as well as novelist Ronlyn Domingue, whose new book is The Mapmaker’s War.

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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Schools, Cities and Artists in Love

This week on The Reading Life: former Times-Picayune education reporter Sarah Carr discusses Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cory Doctorow and Christine Wiltz

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Cory Doctorow, blogger at BoingBoing.net, whose new young adult novel is Homeland.

And we’ll talk with New Orleans favorite Christine Wiltz, whose post-Katrina caper is Shoot the Money.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Ruta Sepetys and Eloisa James

The Reading Life has two bestselling authors this week: Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray, whose new young adult book is Out of the Easy, and bestselling author Eloisa James, author of Paris in Love, whose new romance is The Lady Most Willing, written with Julia Quinn and Connie Brockway

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Baby Dolls and Shoe Stories

The Reading Life
1:43 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Jen Lancaster, Yuka Petz and Reggie Jones

On this week's The Reading Life, Susan talks with bestselling author Jen Lancaster, whose new book is Here I Go Again. Then, paper/book artist Yuka Petz, whose beautiful work appears in a new exhibit in the Carroll Art Gallery at the Newcomb Art Department in Woldenberg Art Center.

Finally, celebrate Super Bowl week with former Saint Reggie Jones, who has written a guide to football for the ladies. Hut! Hut!

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: January 29, 2013

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