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The Reading Life With Erin Greenwald, Brett Evans And Christopher Shipman

This week on The Reading Life:  Historian Erin Greenwald talks about the Tricentennial exhibit and book, “New Orleans, The Founding Era.” We’ll also hear from poets Brett Evans and Christopher Shipman about their new collaborative work, “Keats Is Not the Problem.”

Audio Extras

Brett Evans reads a poem about crows.
Christopher Shipman talks about about a section of the book and reads a poem.

April 22 calendar

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

  • Sunday, April 22, is the final day of the New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Book Fair at the New Orleans Healing Center.
  • The Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans meets Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop. Come and network and bring a book to exchange.
  • Poet Mary Emma Dutreix Pierson reads from her book, New Orleans, “City of My Heart,” Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
  •  Raynard Sanders discusses and signs his book, “Twenty-First-Century Jim Crow Schools: The Impact of Charters on Public Education,” Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Historian Winston Ho discusses “Chinese American History in New Orleans: Shrimp Drying,” Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
  • Three local authors – Mary Gehman, author of “Cardy the Cardinal Finds a Home in Donaldsonville,” Mary Beth Magee, author of “Grandpa’s Mustache,”  and Karen Wallsten, author of  “The Adventures of Shiko and Walter”   – discuss their new children’s books Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • The Jane Austen Literary Festival takes place Saturday, April 28, from 9:30-5 at the Jean Baptiste Lang House, 605 Carroll St. in Mandeville. Dancing including lessons, entertainment, Grand March/Promenade and going for the world record of the most people dressed in Regency Attire in St. Tammany; No Plain Janes Fashion Show, Mr. Darcy Oratory Contest, Richard H. Boyd Poetry Panel and more! Check out for ticket information.
  • And here at The Reading Life we’re celebrating New Orleans Tricentennial by putting together a list of 300 great books about New Orleans. Send us your favorites and see if they make the list!
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.