This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author and part-time New Orleanian Laura Lippman, whose new book is After I’m Gone.

This week on The Reading Life: Nancy Horan, who has followed up her bestselling novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright, Loving Frank, with a novel about the adventurous life of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, titled Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

This week on The Reading Life: One of the greats of the New Orleans poetry scene, Tulane University professor Peter Cooley, reads from his new collection, Night Bus to the Afterlife. Duke University professor Thomas Brothers talks about Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism.

And we'll hear from Candice Huber, founder of and the Reading Between the Wines literary series.

This week on The Reading Life: Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, whose new book is Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters, and book critic John Freeman, author of How to Read a Novelist.

Susan also reviews some books on reading.

The whole region might be encased in ice this week, but there's still time to get to your favorite local bookstore and stock up before the temperature drops and the roads close.

Here are some snow day reading choices perfect for curling up with in front of a roaring fire (or a space heater!).

— Finish up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series with The Days of Anna Madrigal and pretend you’re in San Francisco, where there is no snow, only an ever-charming and beloved cast of characters.

This week on The Reading Life: Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward, whose most recent book is the very moving memoir, Men We Reaped, and Beverly Hegre of the Jane Austen Society of America.

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Geoff Munsterman, author of Because the Stars Shine Through It, and Carla Kaplan, author of Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance.

This week on The Reading Life: Jean Redmann, whose new murder mystery is The Shoal of Time; and Carolyn Kolb, author of New Orleans Memories: One Writer’s City.

This week on The Reading Life: Wendy Rodrigue talks about her life with artist George Rodrigue in an interview about her book, The Other Side of the Painting, recorded earlier this year.

We'll also hear from writer Ann Patchett, whose new essay collection is This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. And I'll have a few thoughts on the literary year 2013.

This week on The Reading Life: Eric Bookhardt, editor of Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography, and his publisher and subject, photographer Josephine Sacabo. We'll also hear from Phillip Collier, whose gorgeous new book is Phillip Collier's Making New Orleans Products Past and Present.

And we'll meet the writers of a new children's book, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo Ryan Murphy and Grace Millsaps.