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The Reading Life: Michelle Miller

Susan Larson talks with Michelle Miller about her new memoir, Belonging: A Daughter's Search for Identity Through Loss and Love.

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

The big event this week is The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, which takes place Thursday-Saturday, takes March 9-11 on the Tulane campus. There are a lot of special guests including Bill Gates, including Carl Bernstein, Doug Brinkley, Geraldine Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Richard Ford, Eddie Glaude Jr., Nikole Hannah- Jones, Kiese Laymon, Michael Lewis, Heather McGehee, Jon Meacham, Michelle Miller, Marc Morial, Imani Perry, Annette Gordon Reed, David Rubenstein, April Ryan, Clint Smith, Rick Stengel, Kara Swisher, Ali Vitale, and many more. Check out for complete schedule, and remember Saturday, April 11, is family day, with many children’s authors on hand as well as a full schedule of activities for the whole family.

Here are some of my picks for Friday, March 10:

10 a.m. Michelle Miller appears with moderator Sharon Epperson– “Belonging: A Daughter’s Search for Identity through Love and Loss,” Times stage at Marshall Family Commons.

10 a.m. Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas, And Then There was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle, United Airlines Stage at Kendall Cram Auditorium.

10 a.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks appears in conversation with Michael Lewis, at the Hyatt Regency Festival Tent.

11 a.m. Imani Perry and Natasha Trethewey appear with moderator Eddie Glaude Jr., on “Contemporary Voices on Race, the South, and the American Struggle,” United Aaiarlnes Stage, Kendall Cram Auditorium

1 p.m. Maureen Dowd and Alessandra Stanley, "Stop the Presses! Adventures and Misadventures in Journalism" with moderators Shawn McCreesh and Nathan King ta the United Airline Stage in Kendall Cram Auditorium

2 p.m. Friday Nikole Hannah Jones discusses "The 1619 Project" with Dean Baquet at the United Airlines Stage (Kendall Cram Auditorium)


Ken Wells reads from and signs “Swamped!,” Friday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at Southdown Museum Gift Shop, Houma; Saturday, March 4 at noon at Inside & Out Gift Shop, Houma; and Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Bayou Terrebonne Distillery, Houma.

Diane Marie Brown discusses and signs her debut novel, “Black Candle Women,” Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at Baldwin & Co.

Community Book Center kicks off Daddy Reads Saturday, March 4, from noon-12:45 at Community Book Center.

Poet Danny Unger reads from and signs her chapbook, “Dear Egg!” Saturday, March 4, at 5 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. She will be joined by Justin Lacour and Meghan Sullivan.

Veronica G. Henry signs her new novel, “The Foreign Exchange,” and appears in conversation with Alex Jennings and Dior J. Stephens, Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at Baldwin & Company.

Chachi Hauser reads from and signs “It’s fun to be a person I don’t know,” Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

TR Johnson signs “New Orleans: A Writer’s City,” and appears in conversation with Gwen Thompkins, Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Nancy Wilson, author of “Mémère’s Country Creole Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from Louisiana’s German Coast,” will conduct a food demonstration for for those who want to make cuccidata cookies Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Cyril M. Lagvanec, PhD, the newly appointed curator of the American-Italian Research Library inside the East Bank Regional Library, will give a lecture titled “100 years of Russian-Ukrainian Relations” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.

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.