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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

The Reading Life With M.O. Walsh And C.S. Harris

This week on the Reading Life: Director of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop M.O. Walsh, whose debut novel is My Sunshine Away, and C.S. Harris, author of Who Buries the Dead, the tenth in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

The Reading Life For Feb. 17, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson

This week on the Reading Life:  New Orleans native, novelist T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville, and poets Brett Evans and Chris Shipman, authors of Tit Rex Parade.

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WRKF
4:01 am
Fri February 13, 2015

In Debut Novel, Baton Rougean Gets Heard

Author M.O. Walsh in his hometown, Baton Rouge.

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 1:17 pm

There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson, a crime that occurred directly on top of the sidewalk of Piney Creek Road ... It was a crime impossible during daylight, when we neighborhood kids would have been tearing around in go-karts, coloring chalk figures on our driveways, or chasing snake down into storm gutters. But at night, the streets of Woodland Hills sat empty and quiet, except for the pleasure of frogs greeting the mosquitoes that rose in squadrons from the swamps behind our properties.

— That’s how “My Sunshine Away”, the debut novel from M.O. Walsh, begins.

It’s a suspense and a coming of age story set in an idyllic suburban neighborhood unsettled when a teenage girl — the narrator’s boyhood crush — is attacked.

Specifically, the novel is set in Baton Rouge. That’s where M.O. Walsh is from, but he now lives in New Orleans where he’s the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at UNO.


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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Reading Life With Love And Valentines

This week on the Reading Life: Love and Valentines! Morgan Molthrop talks about his new book, LOVE New Orleans, book artist Amelia Bird talks about making handmade Valentines at Baskerville, and Dan Reinhold talks about teaching a course in writing love poems.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The Reading Life With Tom Cooper And Anya Kamenetz

This week on the Reading Life:  Novelist Tom Cooper, whose first book is The Marauders, and whose new book is The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing But You Don’t Have to Be.

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The Reading Life
1:29 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Reading Life With Brian Boyles And Barry Gifford

This week on the Reading Life:  Brian Boyles, author of New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, and novelist Barry Gifford, whose Sailor and Lula saga (remember Wild at Heart?) culminates in The Up-Down.

**LAGNIAPPE OUT TAKES**

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The Reading Life With Joseph Boyden And Niyi Osundare

This week on The Reading Life: We’ll be looking back at two local authors who achieved international acclaim in 2014.

We’ll hear from Joseph Boyden, whose novel, The Orenda, was the winner of the Canada Reads competition in March of 2014. We’ll also hear from Niyi Osundare, whom we interviewed in 2011 on the publication of his poems, City Without People: The Katrina Poems. Niyi Osundare received the National Order of Merit from his native Nigeria in 2014.

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The Reading Life
12:48 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The Reading Life With Miki Pfeffer And David Johnson

Miki Pfeffer

This week on The Reading Life: Miki Pfeffer, whose new book is Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair.

And editor David Johnson talks about about 100 issues of great reading in Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the publication of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Reading Life
1:23 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

The Reading Life With Ronald Drez And Bill Loehfelm

This week on the Reading Life: Historian Ronald Drez, author of The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception: The British Attempt to Seize New Orleans and Nullify the Louisiana Purchase, and crime novelist Bill Loehfelm, whose new book featuring New Orleans detective Maureen Coughlin is Doing the Devil’s Work.

Also, Sara Woodard talks about STAIR.

**Lagniappe Audio**

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The Reading Life
11:47 am
Tue December 30, 2014

The Reading Life With Darrell Bourque And Ted O'Brien

Darrell Bourque

This week on the Reading Life: We talk with a true Louisiana treasure, Louisiana Writer Award-winner of 2014, former poet laureate Darrell Bourque.

And author escort Ted O’Brien talks about his year of driving authors around.

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