The Reading Life
1:48 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Cheryl Landrieu, Johnette Downing, and Sheila Cork

This week on The Reading Life, New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, who'll be hosting the third annual Children's Book Festival October 20 at Latter Library.

The Sound of Books
3:48 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Critically Acclaimed Debut Novel Set in 1943 Berlin: "City of Women"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically-acclaimed debut novel by David R. Gillham:  City of Women.

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The Reading Life
1:39 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Attica Locke, Stephan Pastis, and Michael Allen Zell

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

The Sound of Books
7:08 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Critically Acclaimed New Mystery from Edgar Award-Winning Author Tana French

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically acclaimed new mystery from New York Times-bestselling, Edgar Award-winning writer Tana French: Broken Harbor.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Creole Trombone and Sci-Fi

On The Reading Life this week: John McCusker, author of Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz, and award-winning science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, who will be the author guest of honor at the CONtraflow II fan conference this weekend.

The Sound of Books
4:56 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Critically Acclaimed New Collection of Short Stories from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Fiction Writer

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: the widely praised new collection of connected short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her.

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2:59 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults

Author J.K. Rowling arrives at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in Leicester Square in central London.
Matt Crossick PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 11:00 am

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The extended interview above includes parts one and two of the Morning Edition interview, plus additional material.

J.K. Rowling has a new novel. She's moved away from Harry Potter, the boy wizard whose stories prompted millions of kids to obsess over books big enough to serve as doorstops. Having concluded that series, she's written a novel for grown-ups called The Casual Vacancy, a story of troubled teenagers and their even more troubled parents.

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The Reading Life
1:54 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Poets, Dixie Bohemia, and Nocturnes

This week on The Reading Life: poet Sharon Olds, author of Stag's Leap, John Shelton Reed, author of Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s, and Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk, authors of Nocturnes.

The Sound of Books
4:46 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Widely Praised New Biography of Iconic American Novelist David Foster Wallace

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: the widely praised new biography from journalist and author D. T. Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.

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The Sound of Books
4:29 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Award-winning American Journalist Explores French Parenting Techniques

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new memoir from international affairs journalist Pamela Druckerman, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.

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