This week on The Reading Life: Cheryl Gerber talks about her carefully selected book of photographs, New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy, and Kristin Hersh remembers the life of a good friend in Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt.

*Note: The New Orleans Book Festival on 11/7 has been canceled due to impending weather.  Also, the Suzanne Rheinstein book even on 11/9 has been canceled.

This week on The Reading Life: Rick Bragg, whose new collection of work is My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South. We’ll also hear from Richard Campanella about The Photojournalism of Del Hall 1950s-2000s—New Orleans and Beyond.  And Audrey Niffenegger gives us a spooky seasonal anthology—Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories.

This week on the Reading Life:  John Biguenet, author of a fascinating meditation on Silence; his trilogy of plays, Rising Water, has also been published recently by Louisiana State University Press.

This week on The Reading Life: Louisiana native Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City On Fire, this season’s biggest debut novel. Chelsea Clinton talks about her new book for young readers who want to make a difference, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going.

This week on the Reading Life: New Orleans journalist John Pope, author of Getting Off at Elysian Fields: Obituaries from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and photographer C.C. Lockwood, author of Louisiana Wild: The Protected and Restored Lands of the Nature Conservancy.

This week on The Reading Life: Former New Orleans First Lady Sybil Haydel Morial, whose new memoir is Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment, an up-close and personal tale of the Civil Rights movement. Michael Allen Zell talks about his new noir novel, Run Baby Run, featuring detective Bobby Delery. And we check in with award-winning Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer, the guest of honor at Contraflow October 2-4.

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This week on the Reading Life: Actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce, whose new memoir is The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City that Would Not Be Broken. And novelist Elise Blackwell, author of The Lower Quarter.

This week on The Reading Life: Blaine Lourd, whose new memoir is Born on the Bayou; and novelist Hester Young, who's making her debut with the thriller The Gates of Evangeline.

This week on The Reading Life: reading and writing opportunities coming up this fall.

Susan's guests are Greg Herren, who’s bringing the Mystery Writers of America one-day university to New Orleans. He has a new book – The Orion Mask, and he’s included in a wonderful new cookbook, The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For.

We’ll also hear from Megan Holt, of One Book One New Orleans, and Susan Blalock of Read Big Fat Books for Fun.

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This week on the Reading Life:  Katherine E. Browne, author of Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort and Coming Home After Katrina, and bestselling author Libba Bray, whose new book in The Diviners series for young adults is Lair of Dreams. And Susan has a few thoughts about summer reading.

New books about Katrina in 2015:

We’re Still Here, Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City, by Roberta Brandes Gratz

Katrina: After the Flood, by Gary Rivlin