Books

The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Oscar-winning Filmmaker and Author William Joyce

This week on The Reading Life: The fabulous William Joyce, Oscar-winning filmmaker, author of more than 50 books, and all-around Louisiana treasure, on his new film and book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This event was recorded Friday, June 22, at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts after a screening of the film.

The Sound of Books
11:08 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Ruth Salvaggio's New Book About the History of Poetry in New Orleans

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New Orleans native and University of North Carolina English and American Studies professor Ruth Salvaggio, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

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The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Authors Geoff Wyss and Ruth Salvaggio

This week on The Reading Life:  Jesuit High School English teacher Geoff Wyss, author of How, a terrific new story collection, and New Orleans native Ruth Salvaggio, author of Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

'Redshirts:' A Love Letter To Sci-Fi Fans

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Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:24 am

Science fiction is often a genre in conversation with itself; from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels to Galaxy Quest, from The Walking Dead to The Purple Rose of Cairo, it thrives on metatext and a love of details. It's a place inhabited by loyal, passionate fans who are nonetheless acutely aware of — and happy to question — the minutiae of what they love.

In fact, it's a show's biggest fans who are most likely to be watching a starship crew suit up for a mission and asking the screen, "All three top-ranking officers are going? Really?"

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The Reading Life
6:48 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Author Ron Thibodeaux, Bloomsday, and Summer Reading Kick-off

This week on The Reading Life: Ron Thibodeaux, author of Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and Michael Allen Zell, who’s coordinating the New Orleans celebration of Bloomsday on June 16. Plus we check in at the Summer Reading Kick-off party at Latter Library.

The Reading Life
1:49 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Abram Himelstein and the Neighborhood Story Project

This week on The Reading Life: Neighborhood Story Project founder Abram Himelstein talks about the Big Write-A-Thon coming up June 10. And we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Philip Palmedo, who’s written a new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery. Susan also has some recommendations for Summer reading.

The Sound of Books
11:50 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Acclaimed New Novel from New York Times Best-Selling Author Joshilyn Jackson

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new novel from New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Biographer Rich Cohen

This week on The Reading Life: Biographer and memoirist Rich Cohen, whose new book is The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, about New Orleanian Sam Zemurray.

Then we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power, and Susan will have some thoughts on reading The Times-Picayune.

The Sound of Books
6:17 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Acclaimed New Book About Big Oil From Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Coll

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised new book from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Steve Coll: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Richard Ford, Susan Tucker & Beth Willinger

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new novel is called Canada. And we’ll hear from Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger, editors of Newcomb College, 1886-2006, Higher Education for Women in New Orleans.        

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