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

This week on The Reading Life:  Susan talks with bestselling author Erica Spindler about her chilling new thriller, “The Look-Alike.”

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Tulane University professor TR Johnson, editor of the impressive new essay collection, “New Orleans: A Literary History,” and watch for the upcoming literary symposium on the book, Saturday, January 25, at Tulane.

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Cheryl Gerber talks about “Cherchez la Femme: New Orleans Women," inspired by the 2017 Women's March. The book includes images that celebrate the achievements and style of New Orleans women, as well as essays by some of our finest writers.

This week on The Reading Life: We roll into Carnival season with Robin Roberts and Leslie Wade, who, along with Frank de Caro, are the authors of “Downtown Mardi Gras: New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans.”

This week on The Reading Life: We look back on an extraordinary literary year in Louisiana, highlighting such great books as "We Cast a Shadow," by Maurice Carlos Ruffin; "Solitary," by Albert Woodfox with Leslie George; "The Yellow House," Sarah Broom's National Book Award winner; "All This Could Be Yours," by Jami Attenberg; "The Revisioners," by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton; and many others. We'll also look back at the best visitors, festivals, and we will honor the writers we lost this year.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book, Susan Larson looks back on some 2019 highlights.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with archivist Florence Jumonville, author of “Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae M. Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries,” and poet Anne Babson reads from her new collection, “Messiah.”

This week on Thinking Outside the Book - Susan Larson talks with a local printer at his shop on St. Bernard Avenue.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Josephine Sacabo about her beautiful new photography book, “Structures of Reverie,” and Dalt Wonk and Simon Blake celebrate their collaboration in art and text for “Lonely Voyagers.” Plus, some musings on Edgar Allen Poe via music and an attempt to save a building that his lived in while in NYC.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book - Susan Larson talks with Chris Schaberg and Casey Dawson about the Object Lesson series and the Loyola Center for Editing and Publishing.

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