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: Photographer John McCusker and writer Shane Lief talk about their new book, “Jockomo: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians.” We’ll celebrate Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans with excerpts from my interview with Zachary Lazar (whose "Vengeance" is the One Book One New Orleans selection) and Deborah Luster, which was conducted August 28 as part of the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Art of the City Book Club. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will premiere a work inspired by “Vengeance,” Saturday, November 23.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Susan Larson checks out a Risograph printing machine with Erik Kiesewetter at his shop in Arabi.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Danielle Del Sol and Susan Langenhennig of the Preservation Resource Center about their gorgeous new book, “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans.” We’ll also hear from Miki Pfeffer, editor of “A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court: Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourns.” Megan Holt joins us to preview Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, coming up November 21-24.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Susan Larson visits with Erik Kiesewetter at his print and publication shop in Arabi.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of “The Revisioners,” a moving tale of lingering racism past and present, and a family of women healers who try to move beyond it. And Daniel José Older, author of “The Book of Lost Saints,” a dazzling novel about Cuban-Americans and the legacy of the revolution in Cuba.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Susan continues her conversation with Hortensia Calvo of Tulane University's Latin American Library, surveying the handmade books created by the women of Taller Leñateros of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist Jami Attenberg, whose new book is “All This Could Be Yours,” her first set in New Orleans. And we’ll have a preview of the Louisiana Book Festival, coming up November 2 in Baton Rouge.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Susan talks with Hortensia Calvo of Tulane's Latin American Library about the amazing handmade books produced by the women of Taller Leñateros, a cooperative in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with authors who’ll be appearing at Improv NOLA: A Festival of Ideas. Jules Feiffer is known for his cartoons, novels, plays and screenplays, as well as his most recent graphic novel, “The Ghost Script.” He appears Saturday, November 9. And Michael Pollan, who has written so widely and beautifully about food and nature, talks about his most recent bestseller, “How to Change Your Mind.” He appears Friday, November 8. For more info, check out improvconferencenola.com.

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Michelle Daigle and book designer Erik Kiesewetter talk about the love and work that went into "Soul Under Construction," a memorial book of writings by Michelle's late daughter, Kendall Michelle Daigle.

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