The Reading Life

Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 12:00 p.m.

Since 2010 WWNO has nourished Louisiana’s literary life with its weekly radio program, The Reading Life, hosted by Susan Larson, author of The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans, and two-time chair of the Pulitzer Prize Jury for fiction.  Susan’s weekly interviews range widely across fiction, non-fiction, Louisiana history, and cultural topics. Her new weekly feature, BookMark, gives Morning Edition and All Things Considered listeners a highlight of the upcoming Reading Life program.

Contact Susan and producer George Ingmire at TheReadingLife@wwno.org

The theme song for The Reading Life is "Sougouya" by Matt Perrine & Sunflower City, from the album Bayou Road Suite. The end theme is "Panama" by Matt Perrine, from his album Sunflower City. Both albums can be purchased at www.mattperrine.com/store.

Founding support for The Reading Life 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.

This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in The Reading Life do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This week on The Reading Life, artist Thomas Mann talks about his new how-to book, Metal Artists' Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler's Saw, and poet Katherine Soniat drops by to read from The Swing Girl.

We look back at the past literary year in New Orleans with author escort Ted O'Brien, hear a list of 2010's best books and events and a poem by Rodger Kamenetz, as well as Fred Kasten's Sound of Books interview with Rob Verchick.

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