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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rosemary James and Niyi Osundare

  • The Reading Life for Nov. 20, 2012.

This week on The Reading Life: Rosemary James, founder of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and co-owner of Faulkner House Books, who’s behind Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, and poet Niyi Osundare, whose new book is Random Blues. Susan also reviews Anne Lamott's Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

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The Sound of Books
7:24 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Visionary Author Steven Johnson Defines "Peer Progressives" in Optimistic New Book

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.

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The Reading Life
4:06 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Will Schwalbe and David Spielman

This week on The Reading Life, Susan talks with Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, and photographer David Spielman, whose new book is When Not Performing: New Orleans Musicians.

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The Sound of Books
12:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Orleans Writer Kent Westmoreland Launches Crime Novel Series

An interview with author Kent Westmoreland.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the debut novel from New Orleans writer Kent Westmoreland: Baronne Street.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Tom Varisco, Brad Richard and Summer Wood

This week on The Reading Life: Tom Varisco, creator of Jackson Squared, poet Brad Richard, whose new collection is Butcher’s Sugar, and novelist Summer Wood, author of Raising Wrecker.

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Books
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

'Smitten Kitchen' Takes The Fuss Out Of Cooking

Deb Perelman

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 2:26 pm

Think of the smallest kitchen you can imagine, and then take away a few square feet. That's Deb Perelman's New York kitchen. It's so small that the blogger, and now author, literally has to wedge herself between the stove and the refrigerator to cook.

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The Sound of Books
8:14 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Widely Praised New Biography of Leonard Cohen

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new biography from acclaimed music journalist and author Sylvie Simmons — I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

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The Reading Life
1:55 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Prytania and Pitbulls

This week on The Reading Life: Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart, co-authors of There’s One in Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans, and Ken Foster, whose new book is I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.

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Author Interviews
9:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

'Sutton': America's 1920s, Bank-Robbing 'Robin Hood'

Hyperion

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 3:35 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Sept. 26, 2012.

After the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer was so angry at banks, he says, he decided to write about the people who rob them — in the form of fiction, since he's not an economist.

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The Two-Way
5:05 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Hilary Mantel Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Bring Up The Bodies'

Hilary Mantel, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, poses with her prize shortly after the award ceremony in London Tuesday. Mantel, won the 50,000 British pounds (approximately $80,000) prize with her book Bring up the Bodies.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 6:21 pm

"The whittling has finished," declared the website of the Man Booker Prize.

On Tuesday, judges awarded the prestigious literary award to Hilary Mantel for her historical novel Bring up the Bodies.

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