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 part-time New Orleanian Nevada Barr, whose new stand-alone thriller is “What Rose Forgot.” We’ll also hear from Matt Sakakeeny, co-editor of the provocative essay collection, “Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism to Authenticity.”

This week on 'Thinking Outside the Book', Susan Larson talks with Sonnet Ireland of the St. Tammany Parish Library about the larger role played by librarians, in lives of everyday people in need of technical assistance.

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is “Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River,” which accompanies an exhibit that opens this week at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We’ll also hear from Poppy Tooker, host of "Louisiana Eats," who’s celebrating her new book, “Drag Queen Brunch.”

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Joe Phillips of Crescent City Books and Black Widow Press talks about some of the more unusual items he's come across in a career of antiquarian bookselling.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with J. Richard (Rick) Gruber, director emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and author of "Dusti Bongé: Art and Life: Biloxi, New Orleans, New York." We’ll also hear from novelist Monique Truong, whose new book, based on the life of Lafcadio Hearn, is “The Sweetest Fruits."

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Joe Phillips, proprietor of Crescent City Books and publisher of Black Widow Press.

This week on The Reading Life: Sister Helen Prejean, whose new book is “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.”

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Conservation librarian Sabrena Johnson and conservation specialist Sara White take us into the lab at the Tulane University libraries off-site storage facility and talk about their work.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native Sarah Broom about her critically acclaimed new book, "The Yellow House: A Memoir," a tale of what draws us home and what makes us leave, and a chronicle of a sprawling, complicated family and the house in New Orleans East that binds them all together in shared memory. And Susan has a few words about the passing of Toni Morrison.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Book conservators Sabrena Johnson and Sara White take us on a tour of the off-site facility for Tulane libraries, where overflow from the stacks is awaiting reader requests and books, papers, and posters stay very cool in the summer heat and books go to be repaired and restored.