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The Reading Life: Clint Smith


Susan Larson talks with Clint Smith about his new book, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America.”

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

Clint Smith, begins his virtual book tour this week, which continues throughout the month. Check out for info.

Poet Kelly Harris-DeBerry signs “Freedom Knows My Name” in a sidewalk book signing event, Saturday, June 5, from 2-3:30 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Nicolas DiDomizio, author of “Burn It All Down, and Steven Salvatore, author of “Can’t Take That Away,” are the guests for virtual Happy Hour, Monday, June 7, from 5-6, sponsored by Garden District book Shop on Facebook Live.

Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas signs her debut poetry collection, “Vulnerable AF,” at Garden District Book Shop Tuesday, June 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. A limited number of in-person tickets are available, as well as virtual tickets; all include signed copies of the book.

Octavia Books presents a zoom conversation for the launch of Quntos KunQuest's novel, “This Life,” Tuesday, June 8 from 7-8 p.m. Zachary Lazar will discuss his forward to the book, and actress Taece DeFillo will perform a reading and appear in conversation. KunQuest can not participate directly in the program as he remains incarcerated at Angola.

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library hold a general meeting Wednesday, June 9, at 10 a.m. in the Friends’ Sorting Room in the Administration Building of the East Bank Regional Library. On the agenda: the election of officers, presentation of the coming year’s budget and bylaw changes.

And coming up in Denham Springs: Musician Chris Thomas King discusses his new book, “The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Life and Culture,” Saturday, June 12, at 6 p.m., sponsored by Cavalier House Books. This is a ticketed event. Check out for info.

And everywhere in Louisiana, don’t forget that summer reading programs are well underway at local libraries. Consult your favorite local branch for in-person and virtual events.

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.