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The Reading Life: Macon Fry, Tiana Nobile

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Susan Larson talks with Macon Fry, about his new book, “They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans”, and Tiana Nobile about her debut collection of poetry, “Cleave.”

Bookmark and The Reading Life are made possible by Octavia Books.

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

Here in New Orleans

Macon Fry signs “They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans,” at a socially distant book signing Saturday, May 22, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Octavia Books and then again Sunday, May 23, from 1-2:30 at Blue Cypress Books.

Bethany Mangle is the guest at Virtual Happy Hour, Monday, May 24, at 5 p.m. sponsored by Garden District Book Shop on Facebook Life and YouTube.

Dr. James Ciaravella Jr. discusses and signs “Charity’s Children: The Long Days and Nights of the Iron Men,” Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop. Tickets required in advance.

Tiana Nobile reads from her new collection, “Cleave,” in a virtual event also featuring Carolyn Hembree and Shaina Monet, Thursday, May 27, at 6, sponsored by Octavia Books. Octaviabooks.com for 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.