Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the award-winning debut novel from New Orleans writer and teacher James Nolan: Higher Ground.

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This week on The Reading Life, artist Thomas Mann talks about his new how-to book, Metal Artists' Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler's Saw, and poet Katherine Soniat drops by to read from The Swing Girl.

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten - conversation with New Orleans writer M. H. Herlong, the author of the widely acclaimed, award-winning novel The Great Wide Sea, which is just out in paperback...

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Times-Picayune culinary sleuths Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker are helping local foodies rebuild post-Katrina — one recipe at a time. They stopped by the WWNO studios to talk to our Diane Mack about their latest project: Cooking Up a Storm.

Recipes from Cooking Up A Storm, reprinted with permission from editors Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker

Borders Books is about to open a new outlet in the former Bultman Funeral Home on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. It is a neighborhood where independent bookstores have thrived over the years.

As in many communities across the country, this opens a debate about the pros and cons of how national chains and local businesses compete.

New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Laurie Halse Anderson is in New Orleans promoting her new book Chains, a story of the American Revolutionary War as seen by a 13-year-old slave girl fighting for her freedom.

Tom Piazza's new novel "City of Refuge" is about to be released just before the upcoming third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans photographer's latest work is a personal testament to the storm's destruction and to the resiliency of those who call New Orleans home.

Cokie talks about her new book, "Ladies of Liberty".