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The Reading LifeL Betsy Prioleau, Olivia Clare Friedman

Susan Larson interviews Betsy Prioleau, whose new book is ‘Diamonds and Deadlines, A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age’ and Olivia Clare Friedman about her novel, ‘Here Lies.’

Karen White kicks off a weekend celebrating the release of her latest novel, “The Shop on Royal Street,” with a reception Friday, March 25 from 4-7 p.m. For more information and tickets to all the events, go to gardendistrictbookshop.com.

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

Ariadne Blayde launches her new novel, “Ash Tuesday,” Tuesday, March 29 from 6-7:30 pm at Anna's bar in the Marigny, presented by Blue Cypress Books.

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 booksalongthetecheliteraryfestival.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.