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 Larson speaks with Kalamu ya Salaam about "I Am New Orleans: 36 poets revisit Marcus Christian's definitive poem" and Sunni Patterson reads a poem from the collection.

This week, Susan Larson talks with Matthew Van Meter, author of “Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South”. We’ll also hear from novelist Iris Martin Cohen, author of “Last Call on Decatur Street.”

This week on The Reading Life Susan Larson talks with Stephanie Soileau, a Lake Charles native whose new story collection is “Last One Out Please Shut Off the Lights.” And James Lee Burke is back with “A Private Cathedral,” his 40th book and the 23rd in the beloved Dave Robicheaux series.

Susan Larson talks with Eric Jay Dolin, whose new book is “A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes.” We’ll also hear from Sandy Rosenthal, founder of the group,, whose new book is “Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina.”


On this week's BookMark, host Susan Larson talks with Edward Ball,
author of "Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy."

Susan's full interview with Edward Ball airs on The Reading Life Friday
at 12:30 and Sunday at noon, sponsored by Octavia Books.