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The Reading Life With Megan Burns, Rick Barton And The Ron Ridenhour Prize

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Megan Burns, whose new book is Sound and Basin, and University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop director Rick Barton, who’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of his novel Black and White on the Rocks.

We'll also talk with writer/philanthropist Randy Fertel, founder of The Ron Ridenhour Prizes, and Seth Rosenfeld, who received the book prize this year for Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power.

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.