This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with novelist Jami Attenberg, whose new book is “All This Could Be Yours,” her first set in New Orleans. And we’ll have a preview of the Louisiana Book Festival, coming up November 2 in Baton Rouge.
Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:
Here in New Orleans:
- Todd Elliott discusses and signs his novel, “The Lowerline,” Sunday, October 27, at 2 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- Jackie Gingrich Cushman appears in conversation with James Farwell discussing her book, Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening, followed by a book-signing, Monday, October 28, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- Octavia Books presents Chef Justin Devillier discussing and signing his new cookbook, “The New Orleans Kitchen: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine,” Tuesday, October 29, at 6 p.m. at the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute, 725 Howard Ave. Tickets available at Octavia Books.
- Claire Fullerton discusses and signs “Mourning Dove” at the meeting of the New Orelans chapter of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, Tuesday, October 29, at 5 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- Thomas Bonner Jr., professor emeritus of English at Xavier University, will discuss “Poe, Hawthorne and the Gothic Tradition,” Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
- Octavia Books presents Ta-nehisi Coates reading and discussing his first novel, “Water Dancer,” in conversation with novelist Jesmyn Ward, Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. Tickets are available at Octavia Books.
- Celeste Norris discusses and signs "Cajun by Blood: A Thibodaux Family Story," Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
- Poppy Tooker, whose most recent book is “Drag Queen Brunch,” will discuss the haunted restaurants of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
- Paula Munier discusses and signs “Blind Search: A Mercy Carr Mystery,” Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- And coming up, it’s time for Improv NOLA: A Festival of Ideas, which takes place November 3, then picks up again November 8-10., Jules Feiffer and Michael Pollan, are the headliners, and there are many other writers to meet as well. Check out improvconferencenola.com for tickets and the complete schedule.