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The Reading Life: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

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Susan Larson talks with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton about her new novel, “On the Rooftop.”

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

Tom Piazza reads from and signs his reissued short story collection, Blues and Trouble,” Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton signs “On the Rooftop,” and appears in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Monday, October 24, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Tara T. Green signs “Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson,” and appears in conversation with Brenda Marie Osbey,” Monday, October 24, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Rodger Kamenetz reads from and signs “The Missing Jew: Poems, 1976 - 2022,” Wednesday, October 26,l at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Jane Goette discusses and signs “A River Road Memoir,” Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Michelle Dumont reads from and signs “Phoebe Cakes and Friends: An Alphabet Tail,” Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Olivia Grey Pritchard signs “Mutts: A Celebration of Mystery Mixed Breeds,” at an adoption event, Saturday, October 22, at noon at Garden District Book Shop.

Emily Morrison signs “What Color Is Goodness?”, Wednesday, October 26, at 5 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop and Judy at the Rink.

Make your plans now to attend the 18th Louisiana Book Festival Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the State Capitol grounds in Baton Rouge. The Festival includes appearances by Brina Altobello, David Armand, Johnnie Bernhard, Scott Billington, Darrell Bourque, Tyler Bridges, Elizabeth Miki Brina, Marti Dumas, Louis Edwards, Rien Fertel, Macon Fry, Claudia Gray, Arthur Hardy, Ladee Hubbard, Alex Jennings, Sister Helen Prejean, Farrah Rochon, Fatima Shaik, and many, many others. There is food and music and children’s storytelling and activities. Free admission. Don’t miss it. Visit LouisianaBookFestival.org and follow them on Facebook for more information.

Octavia Books presents DIARY OF A WIMPY KID author Jeff Kinney on Halloween at 7 p.m. for “The Diper Överlöde Show,” an in-person rock concert (and book launch celebration) featuring Rodrick Heffley’s band, Löded Diper. Jeff will emcee the show, which will feature performances from Löded Diper as well as opportunities for concert-goers to show off their singing, dancing, and musical talents onstage. The event takes place at Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center to celebrate the publication of Diper Överlöde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 17. Tickets are required to attend and include a signed copy of the new book. Check out octaviabooks.com for tickets and info.

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.