A professor of history at Tulane University believes that American history can be viewed more adeptly by gathering stories that focus on specific regions of the country. His latest book, The Accidental City, explores the earliest history of New Orleans.
This week on The Reading Life: French artist Jeremie Garcin (who paints as Gersin), talks about his art, and his gorgeous new sketchbook, New Orleans Sojourn. Then Tulane architecture professor John Klingman describes what's New In New Orleans Architecture.
This week on The Reading Life: World Book Night U.S. executive director Carl Lennertz, talking about the big book give-away to come on April 23, novelist Gerald Duff, author of Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League, and a poetry performance by Don Paul and Somewhere South of Metropolis.
One of the surprises from Monday's Pulitzer Prize announcements was the lack of an award in the fiction category. It's the first time since 1977 that the Pulitzer board hasn't given an award for fiction writing.
Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the acclaimed new biography of New Orleans music legend and icon Ernie K-Doe by writer, producer, folklorist and drummer Ben Sandmel: Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans.
Tonight on The Reading Life: Tulane University historian Lawrence Powell, author of "The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans," and Susan Haltom, author of "One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place."
Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, part three of our three-part series featuring writers who are appearing at this year's Tennessee Williams Festival. Today we're spotlighting DeLisle, Mississippi writer Jesmyn Ward, author of the 2011 National Book Award winning novel Salvage the Bones.