The Reading Life



The Reading Life looks at Louisiana culture this week with native son Chris Champagne, author of The Yat Dictionary, and native daughter Sheryl St. Germain, author of Navigating Disaster:16 Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair.

This week on The Reading Life, Susan talks with Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, and photographer David Spielman, whose new book is When Not Performing: New Orleans Musicians.

This week on The Reading Life: Sally Kenney, the Newcomb College Endowed Chair, Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute, professor of political science at Tulane University, and the author of Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.

Starting next Tuesday, July 24, The Reading Life with host Susan Larson will move to new times on the 89.9 WWNO schedule: Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and Sundays at noon. Susan Larson recently talked with WWNO's Fred Kasten about the development and evolution of The Reading Life.

One of the surprises from Monday's Pulitzer Prize announcements was the lack of an award in the fiction category. It's the first time since 1977 that the Pulitzer board hasn't given an award for fiction writing.

Cory MacLauchlin

Mar 24, 2012

This week on The Reading Life, Cory MacLauchlin, author of Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces.

This week on The Reading Life, Susan talks with historian Carolyn Morrow Long, author of "Madame Lalaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House," and poet Bill Lavender, whose new memoir-in-verse is called "Memory Wing."

This week on The Reading Life: Robert Leleux, whose new book is "The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving," and poet Alison Pelegrin, author of "Hurricane Party."

This week on The Reading Life: Architectural historian Ellen Weiss' new book:  "Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington." Also,  poet Andy Young tells us about her new collection: "The People Is Singular."

This week on The Reading Life, we'll be talking with John Barry, whose new book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. We'll also hear Fred Kasten's "Sound of Books" interview with Anka Muhlstein, author of "Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore de Balzac."