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.
This week on The Reading Life: Michael Pitre, whose splendid new novel of the Iraq war is called Fives and Twenty-Fives. We’ll also hear from Gina Ferrara, whose new collection of poems is titled Carville.
This week on The Reading Life, we're getting ready for that annual July celebration, Tales of the Cocktail. Jeff "Beachbum" Berry talks about his wildly entertaining history, Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them.
And bookseller Judith Lafitte of Octavia Books talks about a Storyville Blue Book that's back in print.
It's a week for Southern fiction from new and established authors on The Reading Life: New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry talks about her tenth novel, The Stories We Tell, and debut novelist Laura Lane McNeal previews Dollbaby, set in New Orleans in the 1960s.
This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale), whose Who Asked You? is out in paperback. She’s coming to town for the Essence Music Festival.
We’ll also hear from Carter Hooper, about a very special digital book project, Larry's List: My Dad's Reading List from 1984-2005, and Mark Yakich, editor of the New Orleans Review.