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The Reading Life with Kim Vaz-Deville

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This week on The Reading Life: Kim Vaz-Deville , editor of "Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans," a glorious celebration of the women's masking and marching tradition. Vaz-Deville is also the author of "The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition." She is professor of education and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. And we'll hear some special audio of producer George Ingmire's interview with Baby Doll Tee-Eva Perry.

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

Kent Wascom discusses and signs "The New Inheritors," July 10, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

The Garden District Book Shop Book Club discusses "The Leavers," by Lisa Ko, Wednesday, July 11, at 6 at Garden District book Shop.

Contributors to "The Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John," 1708-2018, sign the book Thursday, July 12, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Paul French signs "City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai," Friday, July 13, 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Connie Morgan signs her children’s book, "The Runaway Beignet," Saturday, July 14, 2:30 pm at Octavia Books.

Lexi Ostrow signs "A Heavenly Kind of Love," Sunday, July 15, aat 2 at Garden District Book Shop.

Bill Loehfelm sirns the paperback of "The Devil’s Muse" and William Boyle signs "The Lonely Witness," Monday, July 16, at 6 at Garden District book Shop.

Kim Vaz DeVille celebrates the release of "Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans," Sunday July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Xavier  University Administration Building.

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.