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The Reading Life: Ladee Hubbard, Eric Nguyen

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Susan Larson talks with Ladee Hubbard about her collection of short fiction, written over 15 years, called ‘The Last Suspicious Holdout’ and Eric Nguyen about 'Things We Lost to the Water.'

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March 18 calendar

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library present their Big Book Sale, Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, at the Pontchartrain Center, Williams Blvd. at the Lake, in Kenner. Hours are Friday through Saturday (March 18-19) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday (March 20) from noon to 5 p.m. More than 65,000 items for sale, including gently used adult and children's books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, and records There will be an auction of rare books, collectible postage stamps, and a selection of comics. No checks, free parking.

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is March 23-27, and the Saints and Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival is March 25-27. Featured speakers include Jami Attenberg, Jericho Brown, Mary Gauthier, Ladee Hubbard, Rickie Lee Jones, Glen Pitre, Betsy Prioleau, and Tom Sancton. Check out tennesseewilliams.net or sasfest.org for more info. The Saints and Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival is the same weekend. Check out sasfest.org for more info.

Books Along the Teche Literary Festival: Celebrating Great Southern Writers and Louisiana Culture in Dave Robicheaux's hometown will be held April 1-3, 2022 in New Iberia, Louisiana. For information, visit booksalongthetecheliterary festival.com or check out the Facebook page. Featured guest is Osha Davidson.

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.