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

"While we wait for the return of The Reading Life later this summer, here's a BookMark from host Susan Larson, catching up with New Orleans novelist Katy Simpson Smith, author of "The Everlasting."

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This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. about his forthcoming book, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.” Professor Glaude was scheduled to speak at the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, which has now been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Erik Larson, whose new book is “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz," and Rita Woods, whose first novel is “Remembrance.”

This week on The Reading Life: Jerry Mitchell, founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, talks about his new book, “Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Cases of the Civil Rights Movement.” And co-chair Cheryl Landrieu previews the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, coming up March 19-21.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with fiction writer Lauren Groff, whose most recent books are “Fates and Furies” and the story collection, “Florida.” She will be the 35th Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Newcomb College Institute in March. We’ll also hear from Amy Bonnaffons, whose new novel is “The Regrets.”