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The Reading Life: Marti Dumas, Dean Thomas Ellis

Susan Larson talks with Marti Dumas about her new book, “Wildseed Witch (Book 1)” and poet, Dean Thomas Ellis, whose new collection is titled, ‘Far Flung.’

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

Richard Campanella’s new book, “The Cottage on Tchoupitoulas: A Historical Geography of Uptown New Orleans," debuts during PRC's Shotgun House Tour, June 11-12, with the Cottage on Tchoupitoulas at the corner of Henry Clay being featured on the tour and open to the public. Information can be found at

Shannon Kelley Atwater reads from and signs her new book, “Alligators Don't Like Flowers,” Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

And coming up at the June Writers’ Seminar: Sex and Voodoo at the Library: Two New Orleans authors will present sessions to help local writers be better at their craft from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30, Saturday, June 11, at the North Kenner Library, 630 Esplanade, Kenner. Each session is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration. Mystery writer Greg Herren, discusses “How to Write a Sex Scene and When Not To” at 9:30 a.m., followed by Kalila Smith discussing “What Every Writer Should Know About Voodoo and the Occult” at 11 a.m.

Dean Thomas Ellis reads from and signs his new book, “far flung,” Monday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress 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.