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The Reading Life: Claudia Gray

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Susan Larson talks with best selling author Claudia Gray about her new book ‘The Murder of Mr. Wickham.’

On Saturday, April 30, New Orleans bookstores will team up to celebrate the annual Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) with a bookstore “passport” and giveaways. Activities will take place at seven bookstores during this year’s eventBaldwin & Co.Blue Cypress BooksCommunity Book CenterFrenchmen Art & BooksGarden District Book ShopOctavia Books, and Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop.

Independent Bookstore Day was established in 2013 to promote, celebrate, and highlight the value of the independent bookstore community. The day has been observed on the last Saturday of April every year since 2013.

For more information on exclusive merchandise, author appearances, and special local activities at each of the participating bookstore locations, please visit the store websites.

Claudia Gray discusses and signs "The Murder of Mr. Wickham," Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, when she appears in conversation with librarian Elizabeth Kahn, and again Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop,when she appears in conversation with Andrea Brown, president of the local Jane Austen Society.

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.