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The Reading Life: Marco Rasi, Richard Campanella

On this week's Reading Life, Susan Larson talks with photographer Marco Rasi and writer Richard Campanella, creators of the book, “Above New Orleans: Roofscapes of the Crescent City.”

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week.

In New Orleans:

These authors appear Saturday, October 27, at Octavia Books for Small Business Saturday: Matt Haies and photographer RAndy Krause Schmidt sign "The Big Book of King Cake" at 10:30 -12:30; Macon Fry signs "The Called Us River Rats" from 12:30-2 p.m.; and Debra Shriver signs "The French Leave" from 2-4 p.m.

Johnette Downing celebrates the release of her new board book, “Five Little Possums,” Saturday, November 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble/Metairie.

The Garden District Book Shop and the Churchill Society of New Orleans host British author Anthony Tucker-Jones for a reception and book signing of his latest work, “Churchill, Master and Commander,” Monday, November 29 at 6 p.m. The event will take place in a private home and is open to members and non-society members alike. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours of the event is required for entry. Tickets and info at gardendistrictbookshop .com

Dr. Stephen Hales appears with Walter Isaacson to discuss and sign the new book, “Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design,” Thursday, November 30, starting at 5 p.m. at The Garden District Book Shop. This is a ticketed event.

Bestselling author Brenè Brown debuts her new book, “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience,” in a virtual presentation, Thursday, December 2, at 7 p.m.; tickets available at

Mahyar Amouzegar reads from his fourth book of fiction, “The Hubris of an Empty Hand,” Saturday, December 4, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. This event will include a talk about and celebration of Yalda, a two-thousand-year-old Iranian winter solstice.

The last Poetry Buffet of 2021, curated by Gina Ferrara, takes place Saturday, December 4, at 2 p.m. via zoom. Come read a favorite poem you have written or one you have read during 2021. Get the Zoom link from the Poetry Buffet Facebook page.

Brian Altobello signs “Whiskey, Women, and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans,” Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

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.