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The Reading Life: James Lee Burke

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Susan Larson talks with James Lee Burke, about his new novel, ‘Every Cloak Rolled in Blood.’

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

The Jefferson Parish Library will host its third Food Writers' Symposium beginning at noon Saturday, June 25, at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway, in River Ridge. The purpose of the free symposium is to encourage people to create cookbooks so that recipes will not be lost, and instead, will be collected and passed on to other generations. Here is the schedule:

Noon to 1:15 p.m.: The Art of the Cookbook with Elizabeth Williams, a founder of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and president of the National Food & Beverage Foundation.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: The Importance of Recipe Testing with Poppy Tooker, host of WWNO’s "Louisiana Eats!" radio show

3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: What Are Publishers and Editors Looking For? With Cynthia Lejeune Nobles, author of "The Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly's New Orleans." and Chef Jarred Zeringue , author of "Southern and Smoked: Cajun Cooking through the Seasons.”

Mary Walsh will sign copies of her novel “Fine Spirits Served Here” at Hermes Bar in Antoine’s Restaurant, 725 St. Louis Street, Saturday, June 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Darby Baham signs “Bloom Where You’re Planted,” Saturday, June 25th at 5 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Shannon Atwater presents a story time and signs “Alligators Don’t Like Flowers” Sunday, June 26, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin and friends celebrate the paperback release of his book, “The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You: Stories,” Wednesday, June 29, at 5 p.m. at The Orange Couch, 2339 Royal St. Sponsored by Blue Cypress Books.

The New Orleans Poetry Journal is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology featuring the work of poets participating in The Poetry Buffet reading series. Submit your three best poems of any length to submissions@neworleans poetry journal.com. Include a brief cover letter and bio with the poems in a single pdf or word document. The submission period runs from June 15th until July 31st.

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.