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 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.”

This week on The Reading Life: Our geographer-in-chief Richard Campanella talks about his new book, “The West Bank of Greater New Orleans: A Historical Geography.” Westwego! Algiers! Marrero! here we come!

Friday at 12:30 and Sunday at noon on WWNO

Susan Larson talks with Neal M.O. Walsh about his new book, 'The Big Door Prize' and explores some of the places used books can be donated, as people are tidying up and organizing their homes.  

Susan Larson talks with Tom Cooper author of 'Florida Man' and Christian Bolden, author of 'Out of the Red: My Life of Gangs, Prison, and Redemption.'