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The Sound of Books
11:08 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Ruth Salvaggio's New Book About the History of Poetry in New Orleans

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New Orleans native and University of North Carolina English and American Studies professor Ruth Salvaggio, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

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The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Authors Geoff Wyss and Ruth Salvaggio

This week on The Reading Life:  Jesuit High School English teacher Geoff Wyss, author of How, a terrific new story collection, and New Orleans native Ruth Salvaggio, author of Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

Author Interviews
11:41 am
Mon June 18, 2012

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A New Superman Bio!

Christopher Reeve played Superman in Richard Donner's 1978 film. Larry Tye has written a new biography of the Man of Steel.
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Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:15 am

Eighty years ago, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the iconic comic book character Superman, but it took several years of rejections before they finally sold him to Detective Comics Inc. in 1938. The distinctive superhero made his first appearance in the comics in June 1938 — and since then has appeared in radio dramas, TV shows, video games, newspaper comics and countless films.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

'Redshirts:' A Love Letter To Sci-Fi Fans

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Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:24 am

Science fiction is often a genre in conversation with itself; from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels to Galaxy Quest, from The Walking Dead to The Purple Rose of Cairo, it thrives on metatext and a love of details. It's a place inhabited by loyal, passionate fans who are nonetheless acutely aware of — and happy to question — the minutiae of what they love.

In fact, it's a show's biggest fans who are most likely to be watching a starship crew suit up for a mission and asking the screen, "All three top-ranking officers are going? Really?"

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The Reading Life
6:48 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Author Ron Thibodeaux, Bloomsday, and Summer Reading Kick-off

This week on The Reading Life: Ron Thibodeaux, author of Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and Michael Allen Zell, who’s coordinating the New Orleans celebration of Bloomsday on June 16. Plus we check in at the Summer Reading Kick-off party at Latter Library.

The Reading Life
1:49 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Abram Himelstein and the Neighborhood Story Project

This week on The Reading Life: Neighborhood Story Project founder Abram Himelstein talks about the Big Write-A-Thon coming up June 10. And we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Philip Palmedo, who’s written a new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery. Susan also has some recommendations for Summer reading.

Farmers Market Minute
8:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Cookbook Swap at the Farmers Market

With farmers market tables piled high, watch the produce fly. These are peak season weeks crying out for fun in the kitchen. But, if the fresh aroma of peaches, blueberries and basil is not enough to inspire you to cook, consider next Saturday’s annual cookbook swap.

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The Sound of Books
11:50 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Acclaimed New Novel from New York Times Best-Selling Author Joshilyn Jackson

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new novel from New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Biographer Rich Cohen

This week on The Reading Life: Biographer and memoirist Rich Cohen, whose new book is The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, about New Orleanian Sam Zemurray.

Then we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power, and Susan will have some thoughts on reading The Times-Picayune.

Farmers Market Minute
2:00 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Eula Mae Doré

Eula Mae Doré.

At the Saturday morning market in the New Orleans Warehouse District, festivities centered around the launch of the 2012 wooden token. At market, this is how shoppers convert plastic credit and debit currencies into market money. Last year, the market converted almost $400,000 in wooden coins.

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