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The Reading Life with Frank Perez and Howard Philips Smith


This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Frank Perez (2018 Southern Decadence Grand Marshal) and Howard Philips Smith about their new book, “Southern Decadence in New Orleans," a history of the long-running LGBTQ Labor Day celebration.

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

  • Poets Carolyn Hembree, Anne Babson and Tiana Nobile read from their work Sunday, August 26 at 4 pm at TREO, 3835 Tulane Ave. to mark Women’s Equality Day and to benefit the New Orleans Abortion Fund.
  • Howard Philips Smith and Frank Perez (2018 Southern Decadence Grand Marshal) sign their book “Southern Decadence in New Orleans” Tuesday, August 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Louisiana State Museum’s 1850 House Store, 523 St. Ann. 
  • Ingrid Green Adams, author of “Speak Lord, I’m Listening,” John Frady, author of “Brad Preacher,”  and Philip Pisciotta, author of “The Calling,” discuss their latest books and their commitment to their faiths,  Tuesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. at  the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • Margaret Wilkerson Sexton signs the paperback edition of her book, “A Kind of Freedom,” Thursday, August 30, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Children’s book authors Gary Alipio, author of “The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou,” Vicki Branton, author of “Donkey Otie’s Forever Birthday Story,” and Stacey Miller, author of “Sweetie Petey” – will talk about their new children’s books Thursday, August 30, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • Coming up: The Dickens Fellowship has announced its reading schedule for the novel “Little Dorrit” this year, and meetings begin Saturday, September 15, from 2-4 p.m. at the Bright Library at Metairie Park Country Day School. Reading for the first meeting is book one, chapters 1-11. Open to all Dickens fans.
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.