This week on The Reading Life:  Oliver Houck, author of Downstream Toward Home: A Book of Rivers, and Dominic Massa, author of New Orleans Radio.

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This week on The Reading Life: best-selling author Anne Rice, whose most recent novel is Prince Lestat.

We'll also hear from Gary Krist, whose new book is Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans.

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This week on the Reading Life: Wayne Curtis, author of The Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco and Why It Matters Today.

And short story writer Kevin Fortuna, whose first collection is The Dunning Man.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen tells us about his National Book award-nominated Skink No Surrender, his first book for teens. Michael A. Ross, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland (formerly of Loyola University) talks about The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. And Jennifer Edwards invites us to The Big Read of The Grapes of Wrath at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

This week on The Reading Life:  Keith Weldon Medley, author of Black Life in Old New Orleans, and novelist Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal.

Poets Brad Richard and Madeleine LeCesne talk about the Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana. Madeline was recently named one of five National Student Poets in a ceremony at the White House.


This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning science fiction writer Gregory Benford, whose most recent novel, co-authored with Larry Niven, is Shipstar. He will be the featured speaker at this weekend’s ContraFlow, the fourth annual science fiction and fantasy convention.

And poet Ralph Adamo talks about his new book, Ever: Poems 2000-2014.

This week on The Reading Life: Book artists Amelia Bird and Katie Wollan of Baskerville Studio talk about classes and workshops coming up at their nonprofit letterpress printing and book arts pied-à-terre.

James Nolan debuts his new book, You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories.

This week on The Reading Life: Nancy Goldstone, author of The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc, and Amy Kirk Duvoisin, founder of the Joan of Arc Project and captain of the Krewe d Jeanne d’Arc, talk about the fifth annual Salon de Jeanne D’Arc. It's coming up Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Danna Center at Loyola University, hosted by the Loyola Medieval Studies program.

This week on The Reading Life: Peter Mendelsund, author of What We See When We Read and Cover and associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf, talks about book design.

Megan Holt previews this year’s One Book One New Orleans literacy initiative, centered on Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker.

This week on The Reading Life: Contributors to Maple Leaf Rag V, the fifth anniversary volume of writings from the long running series at the Maple Leaf Bar. We’ll hear from publisher John Travis, and poets Nancy Harris and Steve Beisner.

We’ll also talk with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, whose new book is So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.

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