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.
Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the acclaimed new biography of New Orleans music legend and icon Ernie K-Doe by writer, producer, folklorist and drummer Ben Sandmel: Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans.
Tonight on The Reading Life: Tulane University historian Lawrence Powell, author of "The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans," and Susan Haltom, author of "One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place."
Every day in New Orleans, Lily Keber rolls out of bed and walks to a flat, minor office building to meet her muse. Keber makes a cup of coffee with chicory, hooks up her computer and waits for what sounds like a dozen spiders to crawl across a piano.
Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.
This week on The Reading Life: Novelist and playwright John Biguenet, whose new work “Broomstick,” will have a staged reading at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. We'll also talk with New Orleans writing marathon director Dr. Richard Louth, who'll be leading a group of writers around the French Quarter during the Festival weekend.