The Reading Life

Sundays at noon, Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Hear celebrated and up-and-coming authors read excerpts from new books and discuss their work with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.

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This week on The Reading Life: NOMA curator of photographs Russell Lord talks about the gorgeous new book, "Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art."And novelist Tiffany Quay Tyson crafts a great Mississippi novel in The Past Is Never.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julie Kane, former Louisiana Poet Laureate and co-editor of a new landmark anthology, "Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse," along with contributors Nordette Adams and Andy Young, who read from their work. 

This week I’ll be talking with Laura Lippman, whose new book is Sunburn. We’ll also hear from Clayton Delery, author of Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice.

This week on The Reading Life (February 18, 20, and 21): Tulane professor of creative writing Zachary Lazar, whose new novel is "Vengeance," which begins with the protagonist witnessing a Passion Play at Angola.

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

The Reading Life celebrates Mardi Gras with Howard Philips Smith, author of the gorgeous new book, Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans, and we’ll hear from Al Kennedy, whose new book is Chief of Chiefs: Robert Nathaniel Lee and the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, 1915-2001.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Karen Celestan, the creator, along with photographer Eric Waters, of "Freedom’s Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans," a collection of beautiful photos with illuminating essays about this important aspect of our culture.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Rob Citino, the Samuel Zemurray Stone senior historian at the National World War II Museum and author of "The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand: The German Campaigns of 1944-1945."

This week on The Reading Life: It's Carnival time! Susan talks with Jennifer Atkins about "New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras 1870-1920," and Jack Sullivan, author of "New Orleans Remix." 

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Kalamu ya Salaam about "New Orleans Griot: The tom Dent Reader," a terrific anthology of work by the multi-talented Dent (1932-1998), one of the founders of the Free Southern Theatre and the author of "Ritual Murder" and "Southern Journey: A Return to the Civil Rights Movement."

This week on The Reading Life: Nathaniel Rich, whose new novel is King Zeno, set in New Orleans in 1918. We’ll also hear from Peter Marina, author of Down and Out in New Orleans: Transgressive Living in the Informal Economy.