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The Reading Life: Brian Altobello

Susan Larson talks with Brian Altobello, author of “Whiskey, Women, and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans.”

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

Debra Shriver discusses and signs “The French Leave: From Paris to Orleans Parish,” Saturday, December 4, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Octavia Books.

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.

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, the two-thousand-year-old Iranian winter solstice.

Poet Josh Nguyen reads from his new collection, “Come Clean,” Sunday, December 5 at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. Also appearing: Tiana Nobile and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. This is a ticketed event.

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.