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Tricentennial Reading List with John Kemp, part two

Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books, this week with author John Kemp as they talk about books on New Orleans architecture.


  • Friends of the Cabildo Architecture series by Roulhac Toledano, Mary Louise Christovich, Pat Holden, Sally Evans now Sally Reeves, published by Pelican Publishing Co.
  • French Quarter Manual, An Architectural Guide to the Vieux Carre, 1997 by Malcolm Heard
  • Henry Howard Architect, by Robert Brantley, photos by Jan Brantley
  • Jim Blanchard's new book, Magnificent Obsessions, 2018.
  • Delirious New Orleans: A Manifesto for a Great American City, Stephen Vanderber, 2019. Unique vernacular architecture, post Katrina commentary.
  • Sweet Spots: In Between Spaces in New Orleans, edited by Barbara Ewell and Theresa Toulouse
  • New New Orleans Architecture, by John Klingman, of Tulane University School of Architecture. Contemporary architecture in New Orleans
  • Buildings of New Orleans, by Karen Kinglsey and Lake Douglas
  • Garden Legacy, by Mary Louise Mossy Christovich and Roulhac Toledano
  • Gardens of New Orleans, by Lake Douglas and Jeanette Hardy. Evolution of gardens in New Orleans
The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune from 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.

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