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The Reading Life: Carolyn Hembree

Susan Larson talks with Carolyn Hembree about her new poetry collection, For Today.

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

Musician and author Valerie Sassyfras celebrates the release of her memoir, Horny, Lazy and Ready to Spill: Stories From the Sass Queen, Friday, February 9, at noon at Blue Cypress Books. The event will include a musical performance by Ms. Sassyfras followed by a book signing.

Carolyn Hembree, reads from and signs her new collection, For Today, appearing with Skye Jackson and Michael Tod Edgerton, Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m. at the Zeitgeist Theatre, books provided by Blue Cypress Books.

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.