Attica Locke

This week on The Reading Life: The fabulous mystery novelist Attica Locke, whose new book is the Louisiana-set The Cutting Season, cartoonist Stephan Pastis, author of Pearls Freaks the #*%#: A Freaky Pearls Before Swine Treasury, who speaks to us from the cloakroom of a Greek restaurant in Chicago (really!), and New Orleans bookseller/novelist Michael Allen Zell, author of

This week we go Inside the Arts for a preview of what's on tap at the Cutting Edge Music Conference.

Then we go behind the scenes at the LPO, and finally we'll talk with Attica Locke, on matters of race and setting her latest novel on a former Louisiana slave plantation.