Tricentennial Reading List

Tuesdays during Morning Edition (8:44 a.m.) and All Things Considered (5:44 p.m.)

Make the most of your reading hours during 2018, New Orleans’ tricentennial year!  Join Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, as she talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature. The Tricentennial Reading List will comprise the “top 300” books from multiple genres—fiction to food, murder mysteries to music.

Production of the Tricentennial Reading List is supported by the Helis Foundation, the John Burton Harter Foundation, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

  •  “Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans,” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Treat It Gentle,” by Sidney Bechet
  • “Under a Hoodoo Moon, The Life of Dr. John, The Nightripper,” by Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) with Jack Rummel
  • “Danny Barker: A Life in Jazz,” recently reissued with Gwen Thompkins introduction
  • “Unfinished Blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man,” by Harold Battiste with Karen Celestan
  • “Big Freedia: Love Live the Queen Diva,” by Big Freedia with Nicole Balin
  • “The Brothers: An Autobiography,” by David Ritz with Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril Neville
  • “Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White,” by Tom Sancton

 

Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.

Susan Larson continues our discussion of food books with Judy Walker about cocktail guides.

Susan Larson sits down with Judy Walker to discuss food scholarship and memoirs.

Susan Larson sits down with Judy Walker to discuss cookbooks, part two of four.

Susan Larson sit down with Judy Walker to discuss cookbooks, part one of four.

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