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The Reading Life With Zachary Lazar, Frances Mayes And Whitney Stewart

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This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University’s Zachary Lazar, whose new novel of Jewish identity is I Pity the Poor Immigrant. We’ll also hear from Frances Mayes, author of the much beloved Under the Tuscan Sun, who has a new, surprisingly Southern memoir out, called Under Magnolia.

And Whitney Stewart makes her picture book debut with A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Tale of the Fisherman and His Wife.

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.