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The Reading Life: Isaac Fitzgerald, Bill Lavender

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Susan Larson interviews Isaac Fitzgerald whose new memoir is ‘Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional’ and poet Bill Lavender, whose new book is ‘Three Letters.’

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

Blue Cypress Books presents author Isaac Fitzgerald, whose new book is "Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional," appearing in conversation with Kristin Arnett, Saturday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at BJ’s Lounge, 4301 Burgundy St.

Koletta Mandina-Ditta and Poppy Tooker, co-authors of a new cookbook, "Tony Mandina’s Kitchen," discuss the classic New Orleans restaurant and its food Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Liz Williams also appears in conversation with Larry Ragusa Beron, discussing :Nana's Creole Italian Table," Thursday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at The Chicory House, 2727 Prytania, in a ticketed food event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop.

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. Submission period runs until July 31.

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.