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The Reading Life: Michael Tisserand

Susan Larson talks with Michael Tisserand about his discovery of two metal boxes containing Kodachrome slides shot by his father which led to his soon to be released book, “My Father When Young.”

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

Here in New Orleans:

Rebecca Fichter Hale discusses and signs “Tips from a Talent Agent: Practical Advice for Actors,” Sunday, June 13, from 2-3:30 at Octavia Books.

Michael Tisserand discusses “My Father When Young: Photographs by Jerry Tisserand,” with Gwen Thompkins, Tuesday, June 15 form 6-7 at Octavia Books.

There will be a special virtual event celebrating the launch of IN THE HEIGHTS: Finding Home featuring award-winning songwriter, actor, and director Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, and acclaimed writer Jeremy McCarter. Special guest moderator for this event will be America Ferrera, who joined the authors in narrating the upcoming audiobook. The event takes place Tuesday, June 15, from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom. This is a ticketed event which includes a copy of the book, get tickets at Octavia Books or Tubby and Coo’s.

Kristen Arnett reads from and signs her new novel, “With Teeth,” Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. This is a ticketed event; check out bluecypressbooks.com for info.

And this weekend 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 Cavalierhousebooks.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.