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BookMark is Susan Larson’s companion feature to her weekly program, The Reading Life.  Each week BookMark gives Morning Edition and All Things Considered listeners a highlight of the upcoming Reading Life program about books and Louisiana’s lively literary scene.

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Founding support for The Reading Life and BookMark comes from Octavia Books. Additional support comes from the Helis Foundation, the Ella West Freeman Foundation, other local philanthropists, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Susan Larson revisits New Orleanian Sarah Broom, author of "The Yellow House: A Memoir," winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestseller. "The Yellow House" is now in paperback.

Host Susan Larson talks with poet, essayist, and Louisiana Writer Award winner Sheryl St. Germain about her new book, 50 Miles, and writing as part of grief and recovery.

In this week’s Bookmark, host Susan Larson catches up with Loyola University creative writing professor Lindsay Sproul (pronounced SPRAWL), author of the debut novel for young adults,  "We Were Promised Spotlights."

In this week's BookMark, host Susan Larson catches up with novelist Samantha Downing, who's making publishing news with a film sale of her first novel, "My Lovely Wife"; a second novel, "He Started It,"  just out; and a seven-figure deal for her next three books.

In this BookMark, Susan Larson talks with photographer David Spielman about capturing the distinctive images in his new book, "New Orleans Portrayed."