The Reading Life

Sundays at noon, Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

The theme song for The Reading Life is "Sougouya" by Matt Perrine & Sunflower City, from the album Bayou Road Suite. The end theme is "Panama" by Matt Perrine, from his album Sunflower City. Both albums can be purchased at www.mattperrine.com/store.

Contact us at TheReadingLife@wwno.org

Major support for The Reading Life comes from:

Octavia Books and Christwood.

This week on The Reading Life:  Ken Foster talks about “City of Dogs: New York Dogs, Their Neighborhoods, and The People Who Love Them.” It's a great way to look at a city! Poet Alison Pelegrin reads from and discusses her most recent chapbook, “Our Lady of the Flood.”

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with the 2018 winners of the Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.  Ellen Hart, whose most recent book in the Jane Lawless series is “A Whisper of Bones,” is the winner for the Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. We’ll also hear from Marcie Rendon, winner of the Prize for Debut Novel, for her book “Murder on the Red River.”

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Kalamu ya Salaam, whose new book of collected writings from his long career is “Be About Beauty.” We’ll also hear from Tena Clark, songwriter and music producer and author of the new memoir, “Southern Discomfort.”

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This week on The Reading Life:  Susan talks with Justin Nystrom, author of" Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture.” Yummy! We’ll also hear from Patty Friedmann about her new short story collection, “Where Do They All Come From?”

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 Keith O’Brien discusses and signs “Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History,” Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. 

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Alex Beard, whose new children’s book is “The Lying King.” We’ll also hear from essayist Josh Wheeler, who’s the author of “Acid West.”

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist Bernice McFadden, author of “Praise Song for the Butterflies,” a searing account of ritual servitude in West Africa. We’ll also hear from poet Anne Babson, whose new collection is “Polite Occasions.”

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Frank Perez (2018 Southern Decadence Grand Marshal) and Howard Philips Smith about their new book, “Southern Decadence in New Orleans," a history of the long-running LGBTQ Labor Day celebration.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with University of New Orleans English professor Anne Boyd Rioux, author of “Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters," as that venerable novel celebrates its 150th birthday - and Susan also talks with Chris Smith of the Jefferson Parish Library, about a self-publishing seminar on Saturday, August 25th. 

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julia Reed, author of “South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land.” It's full of tales of critters, cuisine, and plain old fun!

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.

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