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 talks with Melba's co-owner Jane Wolfe, about the literary programs and free books at their restaurant and laundromat.

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book is “Lamentations,” along with New Orleans Museum of Art curator of photography Russell Lord. And biographer Robert Mann talks about his book, “Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon.”

George Ingmire / Thinking Outside the Book

This week on Thinking Outside the Book: Susan Larson talks with author and linguist Shane Lief about how drumming informs his writing.

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.