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The Reading Life With Patty Friedmann And The Scholastic Writing Awards

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This week on The Reading Life: Patty Friedmann, author of Organized Panic: A Novel. Poet Brad Richard, chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School, talks about his passion project, the Scholastic Writing Awards competition, along with readings by Darius Christiansen and Sophie Evans, two of the recent winners from New Orleans.

**Lagniappe Audio**

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Patty Friedmann talks about funerals and dedicating her book to Bernie Sanders.
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Sophie Evans and Darius Christiansen talk about their writing methods.

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.