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The Reading Life: Brittany N. Williams, Karen White

Susan Larson talks with Brittany N. Williams, whose first young adult novel is That Self-Same Metal, and best-selling author Karen White, whose new book is The House on Prytania.

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

Poets Daniel W.K. Lee, Christine Kwon, Brad Richard, Gina Ferrara , Cameron Lovejoy, and Carolyn Hembree will read from their work at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6 at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road.

Lucky Bean Poetry Night takes place Monday, May 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Karen Cecile Davidson discusses and signs “The Geography of First Kisses,” Tuesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Richard Campanella discusses and signs “Draining New Orleans: The 300-Year Quest to Dewater the Crescent City,” Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Janika Oza discusses and signs “A History of Burning,” May 10 at Baldwin & Co. Books.

New York Times bestselling author Karen White and Garden District Book Shop present a weekend with Karen White, celebrating the publication of her new novel, “The House on Prytania.” This is a ticketed event, with tours and social events running Thursday, May 11- Saturday, May 13. Tickets available at Eventbrite or

LEH's Bright Lights Awards Dinner, presented by Entergy, returns Thursday, May 11, from 7-9 p.m. and will take place at historic Turners’ Hall, 938 Lafayette St., in The Helis Foundation John Scott Center on the first floor. There will be a patron party from 6-7 p.m. Long delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will celebrate the last 3 years of Humanities Award Winners who have made outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of our state.. For ticket info, visit

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.