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The Reading Life: Kent Babb, Samantha Downing

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Susan Larson talks with Kent Babb about his new book, “Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City”, a great New Orleans story following the Edna Karr Cougars through the 2019 football season, and Samantha Downing about “For Your Own Good.”

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:
And just a reminder: with evolving COVID restrictions, best to check with venues before attending in-person events, and be sure to mask up.

Bob Mann discusses and signs “Back Rooms and Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics,” Saturday, August 28, from noon -2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Harvey.

April Fields, author of “A Version of You “and “Wild Flower, “presents a performance and reading followed by a book signing, Sunday, August 29, at 2 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. Check out for ticket info. Tickets are available here!

Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses and signs “The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” Tuesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books

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.