Tricentennial Reading List

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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.

19th and early 20th century

  • The Grandissimes, by George Washington Cable
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • Balcony Stories, Grace King
  • Goodness of St. Rocque, Alice Dunbar Nelson
  • The Mysteries of New Orleans, Baron von Reizenstein

TranscriptSusan Larson:  The 19th century in New Orleans literature is a different kind of animal. Tell us what kind of the books were coming along then. I think one of your favorites is The Grandissimes by George Washington Cable.

  • Charting Louisiana: 500 Years of Maps edited by Alfred E. Lemmon, John T. Magill, and Jason Wiese; consulting editor, John R. Hébert
  • Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker 
  • New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape by Peirce F. Lewis
  • An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature, by Craig E.

This week on the Tricentennial Reading List - Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books with geographer and author Richard Campanella, as they talk about books on New Orleans geography.

  •  Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names, by Sally Asher
  • Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children, by John Churchill Chase
  • New Orleans Streets: A Walker’s Guide to Neighborhood Architecture, by R. Stephanie Bruno
  • Cityscapes, by Richard Campanella
  • Bourbon Street, by Richard Campanella
  • The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill, photos by Margot Landen