This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Keith O’Brien, author of a page-turner of a group biography,“Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History,” and Brad Richard talks about terrific new developments in the South Louisiana Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:
- Amy Bonnaffons signs “The Wrong Heaven,” Monday, August 6, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- Vicki Salloum signs her novel, “Waiting for You at Midnight,” Tuesday, August 7, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- The Garden District Book Shop Book Club discusses Gail Honeyman’s novel, “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,” Wednesday, August 8, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- Stephen Rea discusses his new book, “World Cup Fever: A Fan’s Guide to the Stars, Teams, Stories, Controversy, and Excitement of Sports’ Greatest Event,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
- And it’s a great pleasure to announce the winners of this year’s Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, presented in memory of the civic activist and Times-Picayune mystery columnist. This year’s winner for a Distinguished Body of Work is Ellen Hart, the creator of two series featuring Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenaway. The winner for Debut Novel is Marcie Rendon, whose book is “Murder at the River." The awards will be presented Saturday, October 6, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. For more information, check out pinckleyprizes.org.