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The Reading Life: Scott Billington, Rosalyn Story

Part one of Susan Larson’s talk with music producer, Scott Billington, whose new book is ‘Making Tracks: A Record Producer’s Southern Roots Music Journey’ and Rosalyn Story about her novel, ‘Sing her Name.’

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

Constance Adler, Cheryl Gerber, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, and Farah Rochon appear at a panel on Women Writers in New Orleans, Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Lucky Bean Poetry Night, featuring poet Renard Coissiere, takes place Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Rosalyn Story discusses and signs “Say Her Name,” Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Marcia DeSanctis discusses her new book, “A Hard Place to Leave: Stories from a Restless Life,” in conversation with New Orleans travel writer Lavinia Spalding, Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

The seventh annual Walker Percy Weekend takes place June 3-5 in St. Francisville, complete with beer. bourbon, barbeque, and lots of great conversation. Check out for tickets. Speakers this year include Chris Baglow of Notre Dame University; Jodee Blanco is a co-author of I, John Kennedy Toole, a novel that traces the origins of A Confederacy of Dunces; . John Shelton Reed, author of 22 books, most recently “Barbecue”; and Read Mercer Schuchardt, who will discuss “The Many Movies of the Moviegoer.”

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.