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The Reading Life with Clive Wilson

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with Clive Wilson about “Time of My Life: A Jazz Journey from London to New Orleans.”

July 14 calendar:

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • 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.
  • Volunteer with Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners holds a work night for volunteers, Sunday, July 14, from 4-7 at 2523 George Nick Connor Dr. Open to anyone.
  • Kris Lackey, discusses and signs his mystery, “Greasy Bend,” Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  •  Pelican Publishing Company presents meet Pelican Authors at the Summer Children’s Series, Wednesday, July 17, at 9:30 a.m. at Clearview Mall in the Target wing. Authors appearing include Cecilia Casrill Dartez, author of the Jenny Giraffe Series: Alex McConduit, author of “Snoballs for All”: Mike Strecker, author of “Jokes for Crescent City Kids”; Gary Alipio, author of “Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou”: Kathleen Schrenk, author of “A Dog Steals Home”; and Laura Joan, author of “Hurricane Boy” and “Bayou Bogeyman Presents Hoodoo and Voodoo.”
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection Art of the City Book Club continues with a discussion of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, featuring co-editor Rebecca Snedeker and exhibit curator Jan Gilbert. Susan Larson facilitates the event, Wednesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at 520 Royal St. Free but register at hnoc.org.
  • Megan Burns, Tom Andes and Todd Cirillo are the featured readers at the Blood Jet Poetry series, Wednesday, July 17, at 7:30 at the Dragonfly, 3921 St. Claude Ave.
  • Dogfish presents Kimberly Ann Southwick and Andy Young, Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere.
  • Four local authors Carolyn Levy, author of “Regina,” Rene Uzee, author of “Yellow Jack,” Chere Coen, author of “Ghost Trippin’,” and Pam Villagran, author of “Petite Rose”  – talk about their new novels Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  •  The Octavia Books Book Club discusses “Visible Empire,” by Hannah Pittard, Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Octavia Books.
  • The Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine, Crescent City Books, and Letters Read present an open mic night for book nerds. CODEX is a conversation about the physicality and context of interacting with and using books. Attendees are encouraged to bring any book they’d like sharing! Loads of conversations about the interaction with and what is a book are a goal. In the interest of time, the first 10 book nerds who arrive and sign-in to share their book, or books, will be given 10 minutes to do so in this session. The event takes place Saturday, July 20, at 6 p.m. at Crescent City Books, 124 Baronne St.
  • And coming up: Colson Whitehead discusses his new novel, “The Nickel Boys,” Wednesday, July 24 at 7 at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall. This is a ticketed event; tickets available at Garden District Book Shop.
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.