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The Reading Life: Rinker Buck

On this week's BookMark from the Reading Life, Susan Larson talks with Rinker Buck about his new book, ‘Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure.’

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

Keith Hatschek discusses “The Real Ambassadors: Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong Challenge Segregation,” Saturday, August 6, at 2 and again at 3 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint at Satchmo Summerfest. Check out for info about all author appearances.

There will be a tribute reading honoring the late poet Lee Grue, Saturday, August 6, at 2 p.m. at the Metairie Road Branch of the Jefferson Parish Library. Featured readers are Dave Brinks, Chris Champagne, Peter Cooley, Gina Ferrara, Nancy Harris, Bill Lavender, Martha McFerren, and Jimmy Nolan. All are featured in the new anthology, Hearths 3, edited by Lenny Emmanuel.

Rinker Buck discusses and signs “Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure,” Tuesday, August 9, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Susanne Duplantis discusses her new book, “Lagniappe Leftovers,” with Chicory House head Chef Martha Gilreath, Tuesday, August 9, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Coming up:

The writer’s workshops at Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library continue Saturday, August 13. At 9:30 a.m. Stephen Rea, author of “Finn McCool’s Football Club,” discusses “Creating 3-D Characters.” Then at 11 a.m., Angus Woodward, author of “Down at the End of the River,” presents “Keep Them Reading: The Key Ingredients of Compelling Stories.”

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.