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The Reading Life: David Rae Morris

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Susan Larson interviews David Rae Morris, whose new book is ‘Love Daddy: Letters from my Father.’

July 8 calendar

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

Writer and singer songwriter Shana Smith performs and signs her book “Islands of Cedars,” Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m. at Octavia Books.

The French Lit Discussion Group, a book club that focuses on both contemporary and classic French Literature, will resume at 7 p.m., Monday, July 11, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The first selection is Liam Callanan, “Paris by the Book.”

Former Republican political operative Tim Miller discusses and signs his book “Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell”appearing in conversation with Jonathan Martin, author of “This Will Not Pass,” Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Bruce Spizer discusses his new book, “The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 14, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Creativity and Character Development are the topics two local writers will address Saturday, July 16 at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie. Constance Adler discusses Guided Meditation and the Creative Process at 9:30 a.m., followed by Pam Villegran at 11 a.m. talking about Character Development.

Ashleigh Bell Pedersen discusses and signs “The Crocodile Bride,” July 18 at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Brian Altobello discusses and signs “Whiskey, Women and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans,” Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

The New Orleans Poetry Journal is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology featuring the work of poets participating in The Poetry Buffet reading series. Please 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. Our 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.