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The Reading Life
1:47 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Spectacular Wickedness and Edible Books

  

This week on The Reading Life: Emily Epstein Landau talks about Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans.

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The Sound of Books
12:17 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Susan Straight's Highly Recommended New Novel "Between Heaven and Here"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from award-winning author Susan Straight — Between Heaven and Here.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Reading Life's Tennessee Williams Fest Preview

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival is the big event in town this week, and The Reading Life is there.

We present festival guests, including first-time novelist and Oprah pick Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; playwright John Biguenet, whose new work is Mold; and Elena Passarello, the first woman to win the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest, and author of a book of essays entitled, appropriately enough, Let Me Clear My Throat.

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Author Interviews
2:59 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Famine Ship Jeanie Johnston Sailed Through Grim Odds

Free Press

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 6:48 pm

Many of the 35 million Americans of Irish descent are here due to the worst famine to hit Europe in the 19th century, the Irish potato famine.

It drove more than a million people to flee mass starvation, many climbing aboard ships they hoped would ferry them to a better life in the New World. But the fate they would meet on what came to be known as "coffin ships" was often as grim or worse than the fate they were leaving behind; 100,000 passengers didn't survive the journey.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Thomas Keith and Brenda Marie Osbey

Thomas Keith.

This week on The Reading Life, Susan gives listeners an advance look at The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival with actor, writer, and theater professor Thomas Keith, who edits Williams' work for New Directions. He will talk about his long reading of Williams' plays and memoirs.

Then, former Louisiana State Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey, also appearing at the Festival, will give us a look behind the making of her new collection, History and Other Poems.

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Books
6:38 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Book News: Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

Paintings adorn the "Magic Bus" on display at a museum built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:00 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Books
5:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

WWNO and the WWII Museum Present Historian Dr. Arthur Herman

The National WWII Museum's US Freedom Pavilion.

WWNO and the National WWII Museum are kicking off a new authors' lecture series this Thursday with Dr. Arthur Herman, historian and author of Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II.

Dr. Herman will take audience members back to a time when captains of industry tapped into the extensive network of American businessmen to forge what came to be known as "the arsenal of democracy" — the retooling of the United States' nascent industrial prowess into the world's most powerful war machine.

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The Sound of Books
3:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Timely New Book from Pulitzer Prize Winner Garry Wills, "Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book by New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills, Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition.

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The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Alison Bechdel, Ronlyn Domingue and Betsy Charron

  

This week on The Reading Life, cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother? as well as novelist Ronlyn Domingue, whose new book is The Mapmaker’s War.

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The Sound of Books
2:13 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Hanna Rosin's New Book Explores "The End of Men"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the latest book from award-winning journalist and author Hanna Rosin, The End of Men: and the Rise of Women.

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