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This week on The Reading Life: reading and writing opportunities coming up this fall.

Susan's guests are Greg Herren, who’s bringing the Mystery Writers of America one-day university to New Orleans. He has a new book – The Orion Mask, and he’s included in a wonderful new cookbook, The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For.

We’ll also hear from Megan Holt, of One Book One New Orleans, and Susan Blalock of Read Big Fat Books for Fun.

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This week on the Reading Life:  Katherine E. Browne, author of Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort and Coming Home After Katrina, and bestselling author Libba Bray, whose new book in The Diviners series for young adults is Lair of Dreams. And Susan has a few thoughts about summer reading.

New books about Katrina in 2015:

We’re Still Here, Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City, by Roberta Brandes Gratz

Katrina: After the Flood, by Gary Rivlin            

In this episode of The Reading Life:  Gary Rivlin, author of one of this summer's must-reads, Katrina: After The Flood, and Fatima Shaik, author of the new story collection, What Went Missing and What Got Found.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Alex Kershaw, whose new book about World War II is Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Occupied Paris.

We’ll also hear from J. Ryan Stradal, author of the debut novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. And Chris Smith of the Jefferson Parish Public Library talks about the library's first literary festival August 8 at East Bank Regional Library.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Novelist Jamie Attenberg, whose sensational summer novel is Saint Mazie, and novelist Mary Helen Lagasse, author of The Navel of the Moon.

This week on The Reading Life: Harrison Scott Key, author of The World's Largest Man: A Memoir, and lawyer-turned-novelist Webb Hubbell, author of Ginger Snaps. And Susan shares a few thoughts on Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.

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This week on the Reading Life: Let the good times roll with Big Freedia, author of Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!, and Gay Leonhardt, editor of Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans: Authentic Vintage Cocktails from A to Z.

**Correction - Big Freedia will be at Octavia Books on Friday, 7/10/15, and not on Saturday as announced.

This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Kent Wascom, author of the brilliant new novel, Secessia, and photographer Robert Brantley, author of Henry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect.

John Rosenthal

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer John Rosenthal, whose sad and beautiful new book is After: the Silence of the Lower Ninth Ward, with a preface by Lolis Eric Elie and afterword by John Pope.

We’ll also talk with novelist Nick Courage, whose new middle grade novel is The Loudness, and Jody Barranco, who is the steward of a Little Free Library in Old Jefferson.

This week on the Reading Life:  Yuri Herrera, whose new novel is Signs Preceding the End of the World, and novelist George Bishop, contributor to the new anthology, A Book of Uncommon Prayer.

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