It’s a week for biographers on The Reading Life. This week I’ll be talking with Tulane University’s Thomas Beller, whose new book is J. D. Salinger: The Escape Artist.

We’ll also hear from Michael S. Martin of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies. His new book is Russell Long: A Life in Politics.

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Francine Prose, whose new book is Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932; she's coming to New Orleans for a Room 220 appearance May 19.

We’ll also hear from Edmund White, whose new memoir is Inside a Pearl: My Paris Years; he will be here for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival next weekend.

And Susan reviews The Keillor Reader to give you a sneak preview of what's coming Tuesday night at Le Petit Theatre when Garrison Keillor presents a reading.

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This week on The Reading Life:  Canadian/New Orleanian novelist Joseph Boyden, whose new book The Orenda, won the Canada Reads competition. The Orenda illuminates a period in the 17th century when Jesuit missionaries came to the Canadian wilderness to convert the natives of the New World.

We'll also talk with mystery novelist and Pinckley Prize winner Gwen Florio, whose new entry in the Lola Wicks series is Dakota.

This week on The Reading Life: Jeff Kinney, creator of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants. We’ll also hear from novelist Cara Hoffman, whose new book is Be Safe, I Love You.

This week on The Reading Life: Alabama novelist Roy Hoffman, whose new book is Come Landfall, and UNO professor and poet John Gery, whose new collection is Have at You Now!


This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere.

 We'll also hear from debut novelist Justin Go, whose book is The Steady Running of the Hour, and we'll visit with novelists Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, authors of The Tilted World, about the 1927 Mississippi flood.

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University’s Zachary Lazar, whose new novel of Jewish identity is I Pity the Poor Immigrant. We’ll also hear from Frances Mayes, author of the much beloved Under the Tuscan Sun, who has a new, surprisingly Southern memoir out, called Under Magnolia.

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University's Joel Dinerstein, whose new book is American Cool, the companion volume to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

Plus, we sit down with the always-exuberant Mona Lisa Saloy, whose new collection is Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling mystery novelist Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel,  and Sally Asher, author of Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names.

Ansel Adams / WWII Museum

Producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson speaks with author Shizue Seigel about her book In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment and “From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII” — a new exhibit at The National WWII Museum.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson: Your book is specifically about people who helped the Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated in the United States during World War II. Can you catch listeners up who aren’t as familiar with that history?