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The Reading Life: Alecia Long


Susan Larson talks with Alecia Long, about her new book, “Cruising for Conspirators: How a New Orleans DA Prosecuted the Kennedy Assassination as a Sex Crime.”

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.

In New Orleans:

The Jefferson Parish Library presents local author Paul Heingarten discussing his new novel, “Xeno Reckoning: An Interstellar War Story” (The Essence Wars, Book 1), at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 5, via video conference online. Visit for more details, including how to join the discussion.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses and signs “The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” Tuesday, October 5, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. Ticketed instore event, proof of vaccination required. for info.

Robert W. Fieseler will read from his upcoming publication in 64 Parishes magazine, as well as his book, “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation,” Tuesday, October 5, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. Tickets will be required and include a signed copy of the book. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

And coming up this month:

New classes at the New Orleans Writers Workshop start October 4. Check out for info.

The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will hold another really, really old book sale Saturday, October 16 on the porch at the Latter Library. Friends only 10-11 a.m., open to the public, 11-2 p.m.

The Louisiana Book Festival goes virtual this year, October 30-November 13, with new – and free -- content every weekend. Check out for complete schedule.

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.