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The Reading Life: Rick Bragg

Susan Larson talks with Rick Bragg, about “The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People, Lost and Found”, his new book about the poorly behaved, half-blind stray that won his heart.

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.

On the North Shore:

10,000 Poets for Change present a poetry reading with Hungarian poet and translator Gabor Gyukics, Saturday, September 25, from 5:30-7 at the Women's Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., in Abita Spring.

In New Orleans:

Photographer Judy Cooper, will discuss her new book, “Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans,” at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, via video conference online, presented by the Jefferson Parish Library. Visit for more details, including how to join the discussion.

Blue Cypress Books presents an evening with Emily Hingle, Tuesday, September 28 from 6-8 p.m. Hingle signs her book, “Band Room,” and there will be a special guest musical performance. Tickets are required and include a signed copy of “Band Room” plus entry to the performance. Proof of vaccination required for entry. for info.

Mona Lisa Saloy, our new state poet laureate, presents her inaugural reading via zoom Wednesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The registration link is at

Rick Bragg talks about his new memoir, “The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People,” Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop. Go to for info.

There will be a memorial reading and spoken word night honoring the late poet Thaddeus Conti, Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m. at the Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5110 Danneel St.

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.