Susan Larson

Host of The Reading Life

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.

Ways to Connect

Susan Larson talks with Brian Mitchell and Nick Weldon about “Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana”; and Elizabeth Miki Brina about her first book, “Speak Okinawa: A Memoir.”

On this week's Reading Life, Susan Larson interviews Fatima Shaik about her new book, “Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood.”


This week on The Reading Life: Howard Philips Smith, whose new book is “A Sojourn in Paradise: Jack Robinson in 1950s New Orleans.” And Claudia Gray, author of “House of El, Book One: The Shadow Threat.”

This week on The Reading Life: Robert Cangelosi, Jr. author of “New Orleans Architecture, Vol. IX: Carrollton," and Jason Strada, executive director of Friends of the Cabildo. We;ll also hear from Chris Champagne, whose new book is "The Most Interesting League in the World: How the NFL Explains America."


This week on The Reading Life: novelist Ladee Hubbard, author of “The Rib King,” which tells the story of the patriarch of the family we met in her first book, "The Talented Ribkins." We'll also hear from Arthur Hardy, publisher of Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide, now in its 45th edition.