Susan Larson

Host of The Reading Life

Before becoming the host of The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayunefrom 1988-2009. She has served on the boards of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library. She is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association, which presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. If you run into her in a local bookstore or library, she'll be happy to suggest something you should read. She thinks New Orleans is the best literary town in the world, and she reads about a book a day.

Ways to Connect

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with novelist Kent Wascom, whose third novel in the Woolsack saga is “The New Inheritors.” We’ll also hear from Heather Veneziano, one of the editors and contributors to "Gateway to New Orleans, Bayou St. John, 1708-2018,” a gorgeous history/architectural survey of one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods.

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Susan Larson sits down with Judy Walker to discuss food scholarship and memoirs.

This week on The Reading Life: Kim Vaz-Deville , editor of "Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans," a glorious celebration of the women's masking and marching tradition. Vaz-Deville is also the author of "The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition." She is professor of education and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. And we'll hear some special audio of producer George Ingmire's interview with Baby Doll Tee-Eva Perry.

Susan Larson sits down with Judy Walker to discuss cookbooks, part two of four.

Susan Larson sit down with Judy Walker to discuss cookbooks, part one of four.

This week on The Reading Life: Wayne Wiegand, co-author with Shirley Wiegand, of “The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism.” We’ll also hear from novelist Silas House, whose new book is “Southernmost.”

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with  Teresa Toulouse and Barbara Ewell, co-editors of “Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans," which includes essays by such notable writers as Carrie Bernhard, Scott Bernhard, Marilyn R. Brown, Richard Campanella, John P. Clark, Joel Dinerstein, Pableaux Johnson, John P. Klingman, Angel Adams Parham, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Ruth Salvaggio, Christopher Schaberg, and Beth Willinger.  ” We’ll also hear from novelist Caleb Johnson about his enchanting, Alabama-set debut, “Treeborne.”

This week on The Reading Life: Start your summer off with some poetry, featuring former state poet laureate Peter Cooley, author of “World Without Finishing," and poet Valentine Pierce, author of “Up Decatur.”

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Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with historian Craig L. Symonds, author of “World War II at Sea: A Global History,” who will be making a visit to the National World War II Museum. Megan Holt of One Book One New Orleans, talks about what's coming up in the citywide reading initiative; this year the selection is "New Orleans: A Food Biography," by Elizabeth Williams.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Victor Harris, Rachel Breunlin, and JeffreyEhrenreich, creators of the beautiful book, “Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi-Yi-Yi and the Mandingo Warriors.”

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