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The Reading Life: Claudia Gray

BookMark from the Reading Life, Susan Larson talks with Claudia Gray, author of The Late Mrs. Willoughby.

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

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

Alan Gartenhaus signs his novel, “Balsamic Moon,” Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Tyriek White discusses and signs his novel, “We Are A Haunting,” Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. at Baldwin & Co., Books. White also appears Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Claudia Gray appears in conversation with Genevieve Essing and signs “The Late Mrs. Willoughby,” Tuesday, May 16th at 6 p.m. at Garden District Books. Gray also appears at two Jane Austen inspired murder mystery parties at Blue Cypress Books on June 6th at 6:30 p.m. and then again on July 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Check out for more 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.