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The Reading Life With Laura Lippman And Clayton Delery

This week I’ll be talking with Laura Lippman, whose new book is Sunburn. We’ll also hear from Clayton Delery, author of Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice.

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Clayton Delery reads from his new book, 'Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice.'
Clayton Delery talks about the Cane River Writers.

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life:

  • The Don Quixote Book Club discusses Parts One and Two, chapters 1-14, Monday, February 26, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, in Metairie.
  • Thomas Bonner and Judith Bonner discuss and sign the new edition of   “Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles,” Tuesday, February 27 at 6 at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania, New Orleans.
  • Jennie Merrill, Director of Education at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, discusses “African Influences on Southern Food Traditions, Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., sponsored by the Friend of Hubbell Library. .
  • Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington discuss and sign “The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist,” Friday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., in New Orleans
  • The Friends of the Terrebonne Parish Public Library will hold their 15th annual Jambalaya Writer’s conference March 3 at the Main Library in Houma.  Featured guests this year are horror writer R.L. Stine, Joshilyn Jackson, Melissa Marr, Louisiana poet laureate Jack Bedell, David Middleton, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Katy Simpson Smith, Ladee Hubbard, Bill Loehfelm, Liz Talley and many others. For ticket info, go to to register.
  • Novelist Bill Loehfelm is teaching a series of creative writing classes at Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Bookshop, 631 N. Carrollton Ave., in New Orleans. Coming up Sunday, March 4 from 2-4 Be Where You Are—setting and a ssnse of place, and then Sunday, March 11—Tick-Tock: a look at suspense, structure and pacing. For more information or to register, reach out to Bill at
  • Bruce Dear signs his book for beginning readers, “Dragons of New Orleans,” Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania, New Orleans.
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection and the City of New Orleans 2018 Commission’s Cultural and Historical Committee to present “Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium,” Thursday, March 8, through Sunday, March 11, at locations throughout the city. Visiting authors include Isabel Wilkerson, Walter Johnson, Cokie Roberts and many others, and the entire event is free. Visit for complete schedule.
  • And make your plans now to attend The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 21-25, headquartered at the Hotel Monteleone and taking place at various locations throughout the French Quarter. The schedule is now available at
  • Also, over the same weekend, Saints and Sinners, the LGBTQ Literary Festival, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at the Hotel Monteleone. Check out for that schedule.
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.