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The Reading Life: Quntos KunQuest


Susan Larson talks with Quntos KunQuest, who is serving a life sentence in Angola State Penitentiary, about about his new novel, his first, “This Life.”

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

Here in New Orleans:

Serena Valentino is the guest at Garden District Book Shop’s Happy Hour Live, Monday, June 28, at 5 on Facebook Live and YouTube.

Watch for LSU Press’s Facebook Live series every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, author Michael Rubin discusses his novel, “The Cottoncrest Curse.”

Daniel José Older appears in a virtual discussion of his new book, “Race to Crashpoint Tower,” Wednesday, June 30, at 6 p.m. sponsored by Octavia Books.

And coming up:
Rebecca Fichter Hale appears at a socially distant book signing of “Tips from a Talent Agent,” Saturday, July 3, at 2 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Gene Fields, discusses his new book, “Cops and Characters in The Big Easy: True Stories Involving Celebrities, Criminals and Everyday People,” Monday, July 19, at 6 p.m. via video conference online sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Library. See it on the library’s Facebook page or visit for more details.

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 to vote.

Don’t forget to check out the summer offerings at your local library. The New Orleans Public Library, The Jefferson Parish Library, and The East Baton Rouge Public Library all have summer reading programs, as well as virtual programming, and now, some in-person programming as well. Check your local branch for offerings.

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.