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The Reading Life with Kris Lackey and Agnes Gomillion


This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with University of New Orleans emeritus professor of English Kris Lackey, author of “Greasy Bend,” the latest in the police procedural series featuring Hannah Bond and Bill Maytubby. We’ll also hear from Agnes Gomillion, author of the Afro-futurist dystopian novel, “The Record Keeper.”

July 7 calendar:

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Lee Ledbetter discusses and signs “The Art of Place: Architecture and Interiors,” Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hubbell Library in Algiers.
  • Cecilia Dartez brings her Jenny Giraffe character to the library for story time, Wednesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at the Smith branch Library.
  • David Roll discusses and signs “George Marshall: Defender of the Republic,” Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the National World War II Museum. Reception at 5, discussion at 6, signing at 7.
  • Robert Azzarello discusses and signs “Three Hundred Years of Decadence: New Orleans Literature and the Trans-Atlantic World,” Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Rosa Keller Library and Community Center.
  • Sybil Haydel Morial discusses her memoir, “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment,” Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade. This is part of the Friends of the Cabildo Second Thursday Lecture series.
  • Author Kami Garcia, and illustrator Gabriel Picolo appear in conversation with Alys Arden to discuss their new graphic novel, “Teen Titans: Raven,” Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • The Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club discusses “The Bees,” by Laline Paull, Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Today’s guest, Agnes Gomillion, discusses and signs “The Record Keeper,” Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Jessie Morgan-Owens discusses and signs ‘Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Margaret Williams and the Abolition Movement,” Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at the Smith Branch of the New Orleans Public Library.
  • Today’s guest, Kris Lackey, discusses and signs “Greasy Bend,” Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at Garden district Book Shop.

In Covington:

  • Kathy Crighton discusses her novel, “The New Normal,” Thursday, July 11, at 12:30 p.m. at the Council on Aging St. Tammany Activity Center, 19404 10th St., Covington.


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.