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Jonathan O’Dell, Jordan Soyka, and Larissa Leclair


This week on The Reading Life we'll talk with Jonathan O’Dell, whose wonderful novel, new in paperback, is The Healing; and with Larissa Leclair, founder of the Indie Photobook Library, who’s coming to town for PhotoNOLA, the annual celebration of photography in New Orleans.

Plus, a conversation with Jordan Soyka, who, as his alter ego Francis Shadfly, is the maître d' of The New Orleans Poetry Brothel.

This week also marks the second anniversary of Susan Larson's The Reading Life here on WWNO. We couldn't have done it without your support!

The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988-2009. She has served on the boards of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library. She is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association, which presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. If you run into her in a local bookstore or library, she'll be happy to suggest something you should read. She thinks New Orleans is the best literary town in the world, and she reads about a book a day.