The Reading Life with Tina Freeman, Russell Lord and Robert Mann

Nov 24, 2019

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book is “Lamentations,” along with New Orleans Museum of Art curator of photography Russell Lord. And biographer Robert Mann talks about his book, “Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon.”

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

Here in New Orleans

  • The Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 West Esplanade, Metairie, hosts its final National Novel Writing Monday events Monday, November 25, from 5-8:30 p.m.
  • Chef Justin Devillier signs “The New Orleans Kitchen: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine,” Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Sally Asher presents a story time with her book, “The Mermaids’ Night Before Christmas,” Saturday, November 30, at 10 a.m. at the Hubbell Library in Algiers.
  • Don’t forget to celebrate Indies First, Small Business, Saturday, November 30, at your local indie bookstores.
  • Contributor Shannon Sims signs “Best American Travel Writing 2019, Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Congratulations to Kalamu ya Salaam, who will receive a Josephine Miles Award from PEN/Oakland, December 7 in Oakland, for his book “Be About Beauty,” published by UNO Press.
  • And congratulations to Houston writer Bryan Washington, whose debut short story collection., “Lot,” a collection of short stories, has been named winner of the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. The award will be presented to Washington at 6:30 p.m. on January 30 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. The ceremony is free and open to the public, although reservations are requested at