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The Reading life with Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein


This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louisiana State University history professors Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein, authors of "The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality.”

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Lacy Johnson signs her essay collection, “The Reckonings,” Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Marybeth Lima discusses and signs her book, “Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species,” Wednesday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Jane Trowbridge Bertrand discusses and signs “You Started what After 60? Highpointing Across America,” Wednesday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Kim Vodicka and Lizzie Wann are the featured readers at Blood Jet Poetry Series, Wednesday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dragonfly, 3921 St. Claude Ave.
  • And don’t forget to check out the National World War 2 Museum’s web site for the events scheduled for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a daylong celebration of discussions, films, and celebration. It’s
  • Martin Walker signs “The Body in the Well: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel,” Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Earl Higgins, discusses and signs 100 Catholic Things To Do Before You Die,” Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • The Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club discusses “Empire Star,” by Samuel R. Delaney, Saturday, June 8, at 10:30 at Octavia Books.
  • Bar Redux at 801 Poland, presents Writer's Gumbo: A Celebration & Sharing of Words, hosted by James Germain, with featured writers Jonathan Penton, Briana Augustus, Joaquin Emiliano, Kathleen Conlon, Christopher Hefferman, Nicole Eiden, Russell Mercado and others. That’s Sunday, June 9, at 8 p.m.
  • And coming up: Bloomsday returns Sunday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at various venues around town. This annual reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses is looking for those who like to read aloud. Check out the Facebook page, Bloom’s Day New Orleans 2019 for more information.
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.