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The Reading Life: Teresa Tumminello Brader

On this week's BookMark from the Reading Life, Susan Larson talks with Teresa Tumminello Brader about her new book, Letting in Air and Light.

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

Mary Beth Broussard reads from and signs “Gumbo Weather,” Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Jane Golden discusses and signs “A Woman's Guide to the World of Sailing: The Dreams and Realities of Cruising, Crossing, and Competitive Racing,” Saturday, December 9th at 2 pm at Blue Cypress Books.

The Splice Poetry Series presents Holly Melgard and Joey Yearous-Algozin Saturday, December 9, at 6 p.m. at the Saturn Bar.

Creative Community League presents Dr. Deshawn Taylor discussing and signing “Undue Burden: A Black Woman Physician on Being Christian and Pro-Abortion in the Reproductive Justice Movement,” Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.

Blue Cypress hosts the Lucky Bean Poetry Night Monday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Dalt Wonk discusses and signs “Dangerous Gardenias: The Plays of Dalt Wonk,” Tuesday, December 12, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

The Willow School Creative Writing Program presents a Showcase of students from The Willow School's "Certificate of Artistry" Creative Writing Program, Wednesday, December 13, at 6 p.m .at Blue Cypress Books.

The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library announce special holiday hours: Carriage House Books (behind Latter Library) , 5120 St Charles Avenue is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am-2pm through December 23rd, and Algiers Books (at Algiers Regional Library) 3014 Holiday Drive, is open every Saturday from 10am-2pm through December 23rd.

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.