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The Reading Life: James Nolan

Susan Larson talks with James Nolan, whose new book is Between Dying and Not Dying, I Chose the Guitar: The Pandemic Years in New Orleans.

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

The William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition has extended its deadline to June 30, 2024 for all nine categories: novel, non-fiction book, novella, short story, novel-in-progress, essay, poetry collection, individual poem, and short story by ahigh school student. Each entry must be composed of two parts: an electronic portion must consist of a contact sheet for the author, title page, one page (or less) summary, and the manuscript with no author identification in this order. For complete information, visit www.faulknersociety.org. Winners will be announced at the Society's fall festival, September 26-29.

Mark your calendar for the Symphony Book Fair, Friday, May 31-Sunday, June2, at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. Hours are Friday, 9 am….m-8 p.m. with an admission charge from 9-3, Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission.

Offerings include books in 50 categories, music including sheet music and recordings, DVDs and audiobooks, art, and a special children’s book sale Sunday fro 11 .am-2 p.m. Proceeds support the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Check out lpovolunteers.org/bookfair for info.

And get your bourbon glasses ready as The Walker Percy Weekend returns May 31 and June 1 to St. Francisville, with two full days of speakers and events. Check out walkerpercyweekend.org for tickets and 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.