books

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.

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Allen Zell and photographers Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, who work as Louviere and Vanessa, about their new book, The Oblivion Atlas.

We'll also hear from Marty Mulé about his new book, Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports.

This week on The Reading Life: Dillard University professor Nancy Dixon, editor of a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature and Angela Carll, author of Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans.

We'll also hear from poet Gina Ferrara, whose new collection is Amber Porch Light.

This week on The Reading Life, Rich Cohen, whose new book is Monsters: the 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. We'll also hear from Mary Fitzpatrick, who's the co-editor, with Virginia McCollam, of a gorgeous new book about New Orleans called Days and Nights in the Dreamy City: Locals Share Their Favorite Places.

Plus we hear a poem from Andy Young.

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