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The Reading Life With Victor Harris, Rachel Breunlin And Jeffrey Ehrenreich


This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Victor Harris, Rachel Breunlin, and JeffreyEhrenreich, creators of the beautiful book, “Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi-Yi-Yi and the Mandingo Warriors.”

Audio Extra:

Fi Yi Yi visits Native Americans on two occasions.

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

  • Emilie “Lee” Leumas, director of Archives and Records for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, discusses the history of the Ursulines Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • Laura Cayouette discusses and signs her new Charlotte Reade mystery, “The Haunted Heirloom,” Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania, New Orleans.
  • Walter Stern discusses and signs “Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia, New Orleans.
  • Mark Oshiro appears in conversation with Daniel Jose Older, discussing his new young adult novel, “Anger is a Gift,” Friday, Mary 25, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • If you’re a Walker Percy fan, you want to see photographer Jared Ragland ‘s exhibit, called “Everything Is Going to Be All Right,” inspired by “The Moviegoer.” It’s on view at the Front, 4100 St. Claude Ave. until early June.
  • One Book One New Orleans hosts its annual fundraiser, Juleps in June, June 1 at 6 p.m. at 1413 Philip St. to support One Book and Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans. For ticket info, go to; you can buy tickets at Eventbrite.
  • Also getting close: June 1-3 is the annual Walker Percy Weekend in West Feliciana Parish, with an additional emphasis this year on the work of Shelby Foote. Check out to buy tickets; the event is headquartered at Conundrum Books in St. Francisville.
  • The Symphony Book Fair is coming up June 1-3 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Hours are 9-8 Friday-Saturday, June 1-2, and 9-4 Sunday, June 3. There is an admission fee for a first look, Friday from 9-3. This is the largest book fair in the South and includes art and music as well.
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.