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The Reading Life: Peter Wolf

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Susan Larson talks with Peter Wolf about his new book, The Sugar King: Leon Godchaux: A New Orleans Legend, His Creole Slave, and His Jewish Roots.

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

Stephen A. Smith discusses and signs “Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes,” Saturday, January 21, at 4 p.m. at Baldwin & Company Bookstore.

Constance Adler and Mona Lisa Saloy will read at Poetry & Pie Thursday, January 26, at 6 p.m. at Windowsill Pies, 4714 Freret St.

There will be a discussion of Inclusivity in Entertainment; Uplifiting Black Voices featuring five participating authors: Caseen Gaines, author of “When Broadway Was Black,” Carell Augustus, author of “Black Hollywood,” Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond, author of “Black Boy, Black Boy,” and Eriq LaSalle, author of “Laws of Depravity,: Friday, January 27, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Mark your calendar for the BLK Book Festival, Saturday, January 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Featured guests include Mona Lisa Saloy, Farrah Rochon, and Alex Jennings; the event celebrates the work of more than 50 authors. Free, but pre-register at Eventbrite. Baldwin and Company will host Martinis & Manuscripts honoring festival authors Friday, January 27, from 6-9 p.m., at Baldwin & co., 1030 Elysian Fields.

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.