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The Reading Life: Josh Rothman


On this week's Reading Life, Susan Larson talks with Josh Rothman, about his new book, “The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America.”

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Here in New Orleans

  • Blue Cypress presents a socially distant sidewalk signing with comedy writer Jen Spyra, author of “Big Time: Stories,” Friday, May 14, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Eddie Tebbe signs “Sir Bone Funk: Living Life in the Key of Triumph,” at a socially distant book signing Saturday, May 15, from 2-3:30 at Blue Cypress Books.
  • Katy Simpson Smith will be the guest for virtual happy hour, Monday, May 17, at 5 p.m., sponsored by Garden District Book Shop.
  • Joshua Rothman discusses his new book. “The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America." in a virtual conversation with Erin Greenwald of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Thursday, May 20, at 6 p.m. To register, go to
  • Blue Cypress hosts a virtual event featuring Risa Dickens and Amy Torok of the Missing Witches podcast, Thursday, May 20, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets required (available via Eventbrite)