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The Reading Life: Danielle Dreilinger, Eric Nguyen

The Reading Life for 04/30/21

Susan Larson talks with Danielle Dreilinger about her revelatory new book, "The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live”
and Eric Nguyen about his book “Things We Lost to the Water: A Novel.”

April 30 calendar

Here in New Orleans:

Erik Adrian Alexander signs his children’s picture book, “The Adventures of Addie Underwater: Every Family Is Built with Love,” Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

The Garden District book Shop presents an evening with Robert J. Cangelosi, Jr. discussing “New Orleans architecture, Vol. IX: Carrollton” Saturday, May 1, from 5-7 the Hyacinth House. Tickets are required. Go to for info.

Travis M. Andrews, author of “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” is the guest at virtual happy hour Monday, May 3, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Garden District Book Shop on Facebook Live.

Katie Bowler Young discusses her book “Enrique Alferez: Sculptor,” with Jack Davis at a virtual book launch Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection. Free, but registration is required. Go to for info.

May 4 is GiveNOLA Day. And for booklovers, that means something fun. The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will be filling Little Free Libraries all over town, and in 50 of them, patrons will be able to find Golden Tickets, gift certificates that are good at the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library book sale. So make sure to visit your neighborhood Little Free Library and see if you’re one of the lucky ones!

Danielle Dreilinger talks about “The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live” in a virtual conversation with food writer Judy Walker, Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Go to for information.

In the Reader Meets Writer series, Josephine Caminos Oría discusses her book “Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses” in a virtual presentation Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m. Go to for info.

There will be a virtual meet and greet with Leslie Gray Streeter, author of “Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like ‘Journey’ in the Title,” Thursday, May 6, 7-8 p.m., sponsored by Blue Cypress Books. Tickets required (available via Eventbrite).

Julian Sancton discusses his book, “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” in a virtual conversation with Gary Krist Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Go to with info.

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.