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The Reading Life with Teresa Toulouse, Barbara Ewell and Caleb Johnson


This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with  Teresa Toulouse and Barbara Ewell, co-editors of “Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans," which includes essays by such notable writers as Carrie Bernhard, Scott Bernhard, Marilyn R. Brown, Richard Campanella, John P. Clark, Joel Dinerstein, Pableaux Johnson, John P. Klingman, Angel Adams Parham, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Ruth Salvaggio, Christopher Schaberg, and Beth Willinger ” We’ll also hear from novelist Caleb Johnson about his enchanting, Alabama-set debut, “Treeborne.”

Susan talks with Caleb Johnson about a doll made out of dirt.

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

  • Patsy Burdine appears with her dog Moe to discuss and sign her children’s books “Miracle of Moe” and “Stella & Moe’s Big Adventure,” Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Nancy Tregre Wilson signs “Memere’s Country Creole Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from Louisiana’s German Coast,” Tuesday, June 12, from 9 a.m.1 p.m. at the Uptown Crescent City Farmers Market, 200 Broadway at Uptown Square.
  • The Garden District Book Shop Book Club discusses Colson Whitehead’s “Underground Railroad,” Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Novelist Rupert Thomson signs “Never Anyone But You,” Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Learning Before Lunch presents Advocate columnist Danny Heitman discussing his book, “A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House,” Thursday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Earl K. Long Library at the University of New Orleans, room 407.
  • There will be a launch party and panel discussion of “Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John, 1708 – 2018,” edited by Mary Louise Christovich, Florence M. Jumonville, Heather Veneziano, and written by Hilary S. Irvin, R. Stephanie Bruno, Heather Veneziano, S. Frederick Starr, photography by Robert and Jan Brantley, preface by Richard Campanella, Thursday, June 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center.
  • Jonathan D. Voss signs his picture book, “Brave Enough for Two,” Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Tom Fitzmorris signs “Tom Fitzmorris’s New Orleans Food: More than 250 of the City’s Best Recipes to Cook at Home,” Saturday, June 16, from 8 am.-11 a.m. at the Downtown Crescent City Farmers Market, 750 Carondelet St. at Julia.
  • The Octavia Books Book Club discusses Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,”Saturday, June 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Matthew Pearl signs his historical mystery, “The Dante Chamber,” Saturday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Teresa Toulouse and Barbara C. Ewell discuss and sign their book, “Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans,” Sunday, June 17, at 3:30 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Caleb Johnson appears in conversation with Katy Simpson Smith and signs “Treeborne,” Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at Turkey and the Wolf, 739 Jackson Ave.
  • The American Library Association meets here in New Orleans June 21-26. For information, check out Featured speakers include former First Lady Michelle Obama at the opening ceremony, actress Viola Davis at the closing ceremony, poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and poet Jose Antonio Vargas, biographer Jonathan Eig, journalist Robert Fieseler, actress Sally Field, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden with National Archivist Richard Ferreiro.
  • Art Klub presents Pamela Des Barres, bestselling author of "I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie" and "Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin' Memoir." for writing workshops Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, from 1-5 p.m. For registration information and fees, visit
  • Looking for a book club? Tubby and Coo’s offers four book clubs; they meet on Mondays at Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop at 6 . 
    First Monday of the Month: Graphic Novel Book Club
    Second Monday of the Month: Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club  
    Fourth Monday of the Month: Not-So-YA Book Club (for adults who read YA) 
    Online Book Club: Get Lit Challenge Book Club (online only)
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.