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The Reading Life with David Benedetto and J.T. Blatty


This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with David Benedetto of WRBH radio, host of The Writer’s Forum and Figure of Speech, and photographer J.T. Blatty, whose beautiful new book is “Fish Town: Down the Road to Louisiana's Vanishing Fishing Communities.”

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

Here in New Orleans:

Paul Greenberg discusses and signs “The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet,” Thursday, December 27, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Frick Collection’s Center for the history of will host a two-day symposium, January 11-12, 2019, in conjunction with The Orleans Collection, an exhibition dedicated to the collecting and collection of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674–1723) and on view at NOMA through January 27, 2019. For the complete schedule and to register, check out


Antenna and the New Orleans Writers Workshop are will host Business Bootcamp for Writers with the Authors Guild Foundation and publishing pros from Penguin Random House. It takes place Saturday, February 2, from 10-5 at Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Ave., and it is free, but registration is required by January 1. Go to to reserve a place; registration is limited. This one-day intensive workshop includes instruction on the business side of writing, breakout sessions to share experiences with your fellow writers, and Q&As with industry experts, wrapping up with a networking happy hour reception.

In Baton Rouge:

Lani Sarem signs “Handbook for Mortals,” Saturday, December 29, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble/Perkins Rowe.

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.