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The Reading Life With Russell Lord And Tiffany Quay Tyson

This week on The Reading Life: NOMA curator of photographs Russell Lord talks about the gorgeous new book, "Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art."And novelist Tiffany Quay Tyson crafts a great Mississippi novel in The Past Is Never.

Coming up March 18: Thomas Keith talks about "The Luck of Friendship: The Letters of Tennesee Willliams and James Laughlin."

Audio Extras:

Samuel Bourne - Mussucks for Crossing the Beas River. (1866)









Bruce Davidson - Widow of Montmartre. Madame Fauchet, the widow of an impressionist painter. (1956)









Minor White - Front Avenue, Portland, Spring (1939)














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

  • Fred Mattingly Jr. discusses "From Orange to Singapore: A Shipyard Builds A Legacy," Sunday, March 11, from 2-3:30 p.m.at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Richard G. Robbins signs “Overtaken by the Night: One Russian’s Journey through Peace, War, Revolution, and Terror,” Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans.
  • A new reading series begins March 14 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. Curated by Maggie Pahos, “Why There Are Words” features readings by Anne Gisleson, Zachary Lazar, Nathaniel Rich, Kristina Kay Robinson, Katy Simpson Smith, and Kalamu ya Salaam.
  • Novelist Tayari Jones reads from and discusses "An American Marriage," Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, part of the Conversations in Color series sponsored by Amistad Research Center.
  • The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators present the Jambalaya Kidlit Conference March 16-17 at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. Faculty includes editor Mallory Kass (also as author Morgan Kass), agent Alexandra Penfold, author Linda Williams Jackson, author/illustratora Leslie Staub and Kenny Harrison and more. For information write louisianamississippi@scbwi.org  or check out the Facebook  page.
  • Freddi Williams Evans discusses "A Window to Africa," about the roots of Congo Square, Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library on the West Bank.
  • Rebecca Solnit, co-editor of "Unfathomable City: a New Orleans Atlas," is the Zale-Kimmerling writer at Tulane University this year. Join her for "An Evening with Rebecca Solnit," Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane University.
  • 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.  Headliners this year include Jami Attenberg, Bryan Batt, Rick Bragg, Donna Brazile, Beth Ann Fennelly, Alison Gaylin, Richard Ford, Laura Lippman, Amy Ryan, Martin Sherman, Calvin Trillin,  and many, many others. The schedule is now available attennesseewilliams.net.
  • Also, over the same weekend, Saints and Sinners, the LGBTQ Literary Festival, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at the Hotel Monteleone. Check out sasfest.org 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.