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The Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, Debra Shriver


This week on The Reading Life: Tyler Bridges, whose new book is “The Flight: A Father’s War, A Son’s Search.” We’ll also hear from Debra Shriver, author of “The French Leave: From Paris to Orleans Parish.”

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 Baton Rouge:

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 again or at an Artist in Residence event Wednesday, November 3, from 6-7:30 at the Chloe Hotel in New Orleans.’

In New Orleans:

Debra Shriver signs her book, “The French Leave: From Paris to Orleans Parish,” Friday October 22 at 5 p.m. at Sud, 4021 5525 Magazine, Wednesday October 27, at 5 p.m. at Hazelnut, 5525 Magazine St., and again Tuesday November 2, from 6-8 at The Cabildo.

The Garden District Book Shop presents Shea Serrano for a virtual book release event, for Hip-Hop (And Other Things),” Tuesday, October 26, at 6 p.m. via Crowdcast. Login information will be sent to everyone who purchases a book from the Garden District Book Shop.

Walter Isaacson discusses and signs his new book “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” Tuesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at the Uptown Jewish Community Center. Admission is free, but reservations are required, as are masks and proof of vaccination. More info at

Cecily Wong & Dylan Thuras appear in a virtual conversation with Sam O'Brien to discuss their new book, “Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide,” Wednesday, October 27, at 7 p.m. Register at Eventbrite or

Tyler Bridges discusses his book, “The Flight: A Father’s War, A Son’s Search,” Thursday, October 28, from 5-8, with historian Rob Citino at the National World War 11 Museum, and appears again, Monday, November 1, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

The Louisiana Book Festival goes virtual this year, October 30-November 13, with new – and free -- content every weekend. Check out for complete schedule. Among the authors set to appear are Louisiana Writer Award winner Fatima Shaik, Louisiana poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy, James Gill, Howard Hunter, Ricki Lee Jones, Alecia Long, Josh Prager, Steven V. Roberts, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, and many more.

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.