The Reading Life with Florence Jumonville and Anne Babson

Dec 22, 2019

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with archivist Florence Jumonville, author of “Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae M. Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries,” and poet Anne Babson reads from her new collection, “Messiah.”

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

In New Orleans:

The College Book Arts Association Conference takes place in New Orleans, January 2-4, 2020. If you’d like to volunteer, you can also attend the conference for free. Dates available are Thursday, Jan 2nd from 10-8pm at Tulane, Friday, Jan 3rd, from 8am-8pm at Ace Hotel, and Saturday, Jan 4th, from 8am-9pm.  Come see all the beautiful books and learn more about the book arts. On Saturday, the conference is free and open to the public from 1-4pm. To volunteer, write Amelia Bird at For more info, go to

If your New Year’s resolution is to get serious about a writing life, check out next semester’s offerings from the New Orleans Writers Workshop. The spring classes are up at

And One Book One New Orleans has announced its 2020 selection: “New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader,” edited by Kalamu ya Salaam and published by UNO Press. Put that at the top of your list for the New Year.