New Orleans – It's time now for "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten - in conversation today with New Orleans writer and Xavier University professor of English Ralph Adamo - editor of a new volume of selected poems by the late Everette Maddox - "I hope it's not over, and good-by" - just out from UNO Press.

New Orleans – Conversation with writer and University of Louisiana Lafayette Sociology Professor Robert Gramling - one of four authors of the acclaimed new book "Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow" - which documents the machinations that led to the creation of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) - and the economic disappointment, environmental crisis, and catastrophic flooding that followed.

New Orleans – This morning marks the beginning of Fred Kasten's new Wednesday morning series, "The Sound of Books" - conversations with the authors - and occasionally editors - of new and recently published books of interest - and note. Today - on "The Sound of Books" - a visit with Chicago-based photographer and writer Jane Fulton Alt - whose critically-acclaimed new book is "Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories From New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward"...

Borders Books is about to open a new outlet in the former Bultman Funeral Home on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. It is a neighborhood where independent bookstores have thrived over the years.

As in many communities across the country, this opens a debate about the pros and cons of how national chains and local businesses compete.

New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Laurie Halse Anderson is in New Orleans promoting her new book Chains, a story of the American Revolutionary War as seen by a 13-year-old slave girl fighting for her freedom.

Tom Piazza's new novel "City of Refuge" is about to be released just before the upcoming third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans photographer's latest work is a personal testament to the storm's destruction and to the resiliency of those who call New Orleans home.

Cokie talks about her new book, "Ladies of Liberty".