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The Reading Life with James Lee Burke

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with bestselling author James Lee Burke, whose most recent Dave Robicheaux novel is “The New Iberia Blues.”

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Rory Schmitt and Rosary Hartel O’Neill sign “New Orleans Voodoo: a Cultural History,” Sunday, January 13, from 2:30-4 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Preston Lauterbach discusses and signs “Bluff City: the Secret Life of Photographer Earnest Withers,” Thursday, January 17 at  6 pm at Octavia Books.
  • The Dragonfly presents the Low Key Open Mike Reading Friday, Jnauary 18, at 8 p.m. at the Dragonfly Poetry and Performance Ritual Space, 392 1St. Claude Ave.
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.