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The Reading Life with Colson Whitehead

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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead about his new novel, “The Nickel Boys.” Whitehead appears July 24 at Loyola University. We also experience a 'Book Moment' outside the Latter Memorial Library and hear another 'Book Song.'

July 21 calendar:

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Quin Hillyer discusses and signs his “Mad Jones” trilogy of satirical novels, Tuesday, July 23, at 6 at Octavia Books.
  • Suzanne Stone discusses and signs “New Orleans Coffee—A Rich History,” Wednesday, July 24, at 6 at Octavia Books.
  • Today’s guest, Colson Whitehead, discusses his new novel, “The Nickel Boys,” Wednesday, July 24 at 7 at Loyola University’s Nunemaker Auditorium. This is a ticketed event; tickets available at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Daniel Brook discusses and signs “An Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction,” Thursday, July 25, at 6 at the Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St.
  • The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library hold a Really Really Old Book Sale this weekend – early admission is free to members, Friday, July 26, at 3 – and you can join at the door. Open to the public Saturday, July 27, at 10. All this is at Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave.
  • Mikko Macchione signs his book, "Rum and New Orleans: A Decadent History," and offers a rum cocktail demonstration, Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m. at the Southern Food and Beverage Foundation, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
  • Agnes Gomillion signs her novel, “The Record Keeper, “Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Octavia Books.

In Mandeville:

  • Isaac Williams signs his inspirational book, “The Book,” Sunday, July 21, at noon at Barnes & Noble/Mandeville.
  • Alice Johnson signs her book “Mommy’s Cooking Healthy,” Saturday, July 27 at noon at Barnes & Noble/Mandeville.

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.