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 talks with Rick Bragg, whose new book is “Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South.”


Susan Larson talks with Alice Quinn, editor of the new poetry anthology, “Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic” and Megan Holt, executive director of Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans.


Susan talks with Jarvis DeBerry, whose new book is “I Feel to Believe: Collected Columns,” and Kelly Harris DeBerry, whose new collection of poems is “Freedom Knows My Name.” They will be appearing at the upcoming Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans.”

This week Susan talks with David Banush, the Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources at Tulane University about a new acquisition for the Howard-Tilton Library, the personal and literary archives of New Orleans writer Anne Rice. She also revisits her interview with artist/author Alex Beard, who’s doing something very unusual to get out the vote for this election.

This week on The Reading Life Joel Dinerstein talks about his new book, “Jazz: A Quick Immersion.”

And poet Gina Ferrara talks about her new collection, “Weight of the Ripened.”

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