The Reading Life with Rodger Kamenetz

Jan 6, 2019

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Rodger Kamenetz -- memoirist (“The Jew in the Lotus,” “Stalking Elijah,” and “Terra Infirma: My Mother’s Life in Mine”), dream practitioner (“The History of Last Night’s Dream") and poet (“The Lowercase Jew,” “To Die Next to You"). He has a new poetry collection, “Yonder."

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Brandi Perry discusses and signs her novel, “Splintered,” Sunday, January 6, from 2-3:30 at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Charles Brown signs his novel “Looking Back on Sodom,” Tuesday January 8, from 6-7:30 at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Rodger Kamenetz discusses and signs “Yonder,” Wednesday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, where he will be appearing with daughter Kezia Vida, who will be presenting her dream journal, The Dreaming I.
  • John Pope discusses funeral customs and obituaries and his book “Getting Off at Elysian Fields: Obituaries from The New OrleansTimes-Piayune,” Wednesday, January 9 at  6 p.m. at Gallier House, 1132 Royal St.. Tickets are available at
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Frick Collection’s Center for the history of will host a two-day symposium, January 11-12, 2019, in conjunction with The Orleans Collection, an exhibition dedicated to the collecting and collection of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674–1723) and on view at NOMA through January 27, 2019. For the complete schedule and to register, check out
  • Rory Schmitt and Rosary Hartel O’Neill sign “New Orleans Voodoo: a Cultural History,” Sunday, January 13, from 2:30-4 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

In Covington:

  • Writer O'Neil De Noux will talk about The Battle of New Orleans and his novel “Battle Kiss” at the English Tea Room in Covington, Friday, January 11, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. Call for reservations at 985-898-3988.