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The Reading Life: Blake Sanz, Andrew Siegrist


Susan Larson talks with Blake Sanz, about his first story collection, “The Boundaries of their Dwelling”, winner of the prestigious Iowa award for short fiction, and Andrew Siegrist about his “We Imagined it Was Rain”, winner of the 2020 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize.

October 15 calendar

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 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 , discuss and sign "Big Easy Native Plants," Saturday, October 16, at 2 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Lucky Bean Press hosts poetry night, Monday, October 18, at 6 :30 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. Featured reader is Renard Boissier, followed by an open mike. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

Samantha Downing reads from and discusses “For Your Own Good,” Thursday, October 21st at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. Tickets are required, as is proof of vaccination.

Andrew Siegrist discusses and signs his new story collection, “We Imagined It Was Rain” at a live, ticketed event, Tuesday, October 19, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book shop.

And coming up: Blake Sanz discusses and signs “The Boundaries of Their Dwelling,” Sunday, October 24 at 4 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Gallery - as part of their Sundays@4 Series-- and at an Artist in Residence event Wednesday, November 3, from 6-7:30 at the Chloe Hotel in New Orleans.

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

And for those of you who want to donate books to The Symphony Book Fair, the South’s oldest and largest continuously running used book 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. 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.