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The Reading Life: Emilie Rhys, John Ed Bradley

Susan Larson talks with Emilie Rhys, whose new book, accompanying an exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, is "New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys” and contributing writer, John Ed Bradley.

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:

Tyler Bridges discusses his book, “The Flight: A Father’s War, A Son’s Search,” Monday, November 1, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Debra Shriver signs her book, “The French Leave: From Paris to Orleans Parish,” Tuesday, November 2, from 6-8 p.m. at The Cabildo.

Blake Sanz discusses and signs “The Boundaries of Their Dwelling,” at an Artist in Residence event Wednesday, November 3, from 6-7:30 at the Chloe Hotel in New Orleans.

Kent Babb discusses and signs “Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City” with sportswriter Jeff Duncan, Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop. Masks are required. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test are required.

Emilie Rhys discusses and signs “New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys” and appears in conversation with curator David Kunian, Friday, November 5 at 6 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave.

The Louisiana Book Festival goes virtual this year, October 30-November 13, with new – and free -- content every weekend. Check out louisianabookfestival.org for complete schedule. Among the authors set to appear are Louisiana Writer Award winner Fatima Shaik, Louisiana State Poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy, James Gill, Howard Hunter, Rickie 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.