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The Reading Life: David Clemmer, Judith Bonner, John Ed Bradley

Susan Larson’s talks with David Clemmer, Judith Bonner; and John Ed Bradley, all contributors to “John Clemmer: A Legacy in Art.”

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 journalist Tom Aswell discussing his latest book, “Murder on the Teche, A True Story of Money and a Flawed Investigation,” at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, via video conference. Visit for more details, including how to join the discussion.

M. O. Walsh discusses and signs the paperback edition of “The Big Door Prize,” Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m., live at Octavia Books.

The Garden District Book Shop Book club discusses “Utopia Avenue, “by David Mitchell, Wednesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

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.

Author Susan Norris-Davis and illustrator Amelia Wiygul, of Big Easy Native Plants, discuss and sign their book, Saturday, October 16, at 2 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

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

And here’s some good news:

The Symphony Book Fair, the South’s oldest and largest continuously running used book sale, will return in June 2022 and is now taking donations for its annual sale. Donations are being accepted at the group’s new warehouse at 517 Time Saver Avenue in Elmwood (Harahan) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Symphony Book Fair had to find a new location in 2020 when its original warehouse was sold. Donations of gently used books, hardcover and paperback, art, sheet music, CDs and DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles and games are accepted.

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.