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: More of Susan's interview with the fabulous Oscar-winner William Joyce about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and storyteller Coleen Salley, as well as a reading by poet/lawyer Chris Hannan.

James Lee Burke

Jul 17, 2012

This week on The Reading Life, our entire show is devoted to a conversation with James Lee Burke, whose new novel in the Dave Robicheaux series is Creole Belle.

This week on The Reading Life, meet members of the Melanated Writers Collective, an alliance of writers of color celebrating two years of working together. Kelly Harris and Neil Ranu talk about the importance of writerly support. And Linda Prout gives an update on the way Little Free Libraries are popping up all over our city.

This week on The Reading Life, Frank Perez and Jeffrey Palmquist talk about In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar, and Clarence Nero tells us what's in store at the Bayou Soul Writers Conference.

This week on The Reading Life: The fabulous William Joyce, Oscar-winning filmmaker, author of more than 50 books, and all-around Louisiana treasure, on his new film and book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This event was recorded Friday, June 22, at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts after a screening of the film.

This week on The Reading Life:  Jesuit High School English teacher Geoff Wyss, author of How, a terrific new story collection, and New Orleans native Ruth Salvaggio, author of Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

This week on The Reading Life: Ron Thibodeaux, author of Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and Michael Allen Zell, who’s coordinating the New Orleans celebration of Bloomsday on June 16. Plus we check in at the Summer Reading Kick-off party at Latter Library.

This week on The Reading Life: Neighborhood Story Project founder Abram Himelstein talks about the Big Write-A-Thon coming up June 10. And we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Philip Palmedo, who’s written a new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery. Susan also has some recommendations for Summer reading.

Biographer Rich Cohen

May 29, 2012

This week on The Reading Life: Biographer and memoirist Rich Cohen, whose new book is The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, about New Orleanian Sam Zemurray.

Then we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power, and Susan will have some thoughts on reading The Times-Picayune.

This week on The Reading Life: Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, whose new novel is called Canada. And we’ll hear from Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger, editors of Newcomb College, 1886-2006, Higher Education for Women in New Orleans.        

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