New Orleans Literature

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In celebration of the city’s Tricentennial, NolaVie and New Orleans Historical bring you the series Who Did it Better: New Orleans Then and Now. In it, we look at aspects of the city’s history and their parallels in the present. Today we go to the city’s literary history, in a segment we’ll call Wags and Words.

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New Orleans has claimed several literary figures as its own -- Tennessee Williams is just the tip of the iceberg. The 19th century writer Kate Chopin was most known for her novel, "The Awakening," and Professor Barbara Ewell is an expert on the author. She joins Brian Friedman in the studio to talk about Kate Chopin's relevance in 2017. 

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This week on The Reading Life: Dillard University professor Nancy Dixon, editor of a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature and Angela Carll, author of Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans.

We'll also hear from poet Gina Ferrara, whose new collection is Amber Porch Light.