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.
Hear two of your favorite bestselling authors this week on The Reading Life: Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed, tells us about his life in two worlds — Afghanistan and the United States. He'll be making his first New Orleans visit June 8 for an appearance at Temple Sinai sponsored by Octavia Books.
It's a week for Southern fiction on The Reading Life with Greg Iles, whose new thriller, the first in a trilogy featuring recurring character Penn Cage, is Natchez Burning; and New Orleans novelist Amy Conner, whose charming debut about female friendship is The Right Thing.
Plus, local artist Kenny Harrison talks about creating his new children's book series, The Hide and Seek Harry books.