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The Reading Life: James Gill & Howard Hunter

Susan Larson talks with James Gill and Howard Hunter about their new book, “Tearing Down the Lost Cause: The Removal of New Orleans's Confederate Statues.”

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

Casey McQuiston appears in a virtual presentation for her new book, “One Last Stop,” Friday, June 18, at 6 p.m. Info at octaviabooks.com.

Alex Jennings is the guest for Garden District Book Shop’s virtual happy hour, Monday, June 21, at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live.

The Garden District Book Shop and The Broad Theater host an evening celebrating the national release of the book Deep Delta Justice by Matthew Van Meter and the documentary feature “A Crime on the Bayou” from Shout! Studios on Monday, June 21. Matthew Van Meter signs his book from 6-7; screening begins at 7. Tickets available at gardendistrictbookshop.com

James Gill and Howard Hunter discuss and sign “Tearing Down the Lost Cause: The Removal of New Orleans's Confederate Statues,” Tuesday, June 22, from 6-7 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough discuss and sign “Jean Lafitte Revealed,” Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Mark F. Bielski discusses and signs “A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Rise and Fall of New Orleans, 1862,” Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m.at Garden District Book Shop. This is a ticketed event.

One Book One New Orleans has narrowed down the short list for 2022, and readers are invited to vote for their selections by July 25. The choices are "I Am New Orleans," edited by Kalamu ya Salaam; "The Big Door Prize," by M.O. Walsh; and "I Feel to Believe," by Jarvis DeBerry. Check out the One Book One New Orleans Facebook page.

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.