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The Reading Life with Jessie Morgan-Owens and Brad Richard


This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with Jessie Morgan-Owens, author of “Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement," and poet Brad Richard talks about “Parasite Kingdom.”


Here in New Orleans:

  • Anne Babson, author of "Polite Occasions," Melinda Palacio, author of “Bird Forgiveness,” and Alison Pelegrin, author of “Our Lady of the Flood,” discuss and read their work Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • Poets Brad Richard, author of “Parasite Kingdom” and Elizabeth Gross, author of  “this body/that lightning show,” read from their work Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.  
  • NOMA Arts and Letters series, with One Book One New Orleans, presents writer Zachary Lazar, author of "Vengeance,” and photographer Deborah Luster, Wednesday, April 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Actor Bobby Wallace and essayist Garnette Cadogan also appear.
  •  Jessie Morgan-Owens discusses and signs “Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement,” Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

Elsewhere in Louisiana 

  • The West Feliciana Parish Children’s Book Festival takes place all day Saturday, May 4, at St. Francisville. Check out the complete schedule at
  • And mark your calendar for the sixth annual Walker Percy Weekend in St. Francisville, starting Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, with panels, an exhibition of Walker Percy photos, and other events throughout the town’s historic district, with of course, lots of bourbon on hand. Watch for the complete schedule at Tickets are going fast.
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.