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This week on the Reading Life:  Brian Boyles, author of New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, and novelist Barry Gifford, whose Sailor and Lula saga (remember Wild at Heart?) culminates in The Up-Down.

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This week on the Reading Life: Historian Ronald Drez, author of The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception: The British Attempt to Seize New Orleans and Nullify the Louisiana Purchase, and crime novelist Bill Loehfelm, whose new book featuring New Orleans detective Maureen Coughlin is Doing the Devil’s Work.

Also, Sara Woodard talks about STAIR.

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This week on the Reading Life: We talk with a true Louisiana treasure, Louisiana Writer Award-winner of 2014, former poet laureate Darrell Bourque.

And author escort Ted O’Brien talks about his year of driving authors around.

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book, with text by Morgan Molthrop, is Artist Spaces: New Orleans, which takes us inside the work spaces of many inspired and inspiring people.

Mystery writer Greg Herren talks about the  latest — and maybe the last — in his Chanse MacLeod series, Murder in the Arts District.

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This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen tells us about his National Book award-nominated Skink No Surrender, his first book for teens. Michael A. Ross, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland (formerly of Loyola University) talks about The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. And Jennifer Edwards invites us to The Big Read of The Grapes of Wrath at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

This week on The Reading Life: Square Books co-founder Lisa Howorth, whose first novel is Flying Shoes, and debut novelist Maggie Collins, author of Celestial Blue Skies.

This week on The Reading Life:  Canadian/New Orleanian novelist Joseph Boyden, whose new book The Orenda, won the Canada Reads competition. The Orenda illuminates a period in the 17th century when Jesuit missionaries came to the Canadian wilderness to convert the natives of the New World.

We'll also talk with mystery novelist and Pinckley Prize winner Gwen Florio, whose new entry in the Lola Wicks series is Dakota.

What happens when very motivated adolescents decide they want to help better their community, but they’re not satisfied with how kids fit into the current non-profit scene? In the case of two Northshore teenagers, they simply started their own.

15-year-old Beverly Brown co-founded Kids Wanna Help, a group designed to encourage Northshore youth to become involved with non-profits and charitable giving. Their mission began with a fashion show.