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The Reading Life with Andrew Feldman

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'Ernesto: The Untold Story of Hemingway in Revolutionary Cuba' book cover

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans writer Andrew Feldman, whose new book is “Ernesto: The Untold Story of Hemingway in Revolutionary Cuba.” Feldman is the only North American scholar who’s been permitted to study in residence at Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia.

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Agnes Gomillion signs her novel, :The Record Keeper," Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Organizers from the People's Institute and Jessie Morgan-Owens, author of "Girl in Black and White," will explore the way that black and white frames the reality of our families, communities, churches, and daily lives, in a program Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at the Robert Smith Library.
  • Geoffrey H. Baker signs “New Orleans: An Intimate Journey Through a City with Soul,” with photographer Tom Dunford, Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Elizabeth Williams discusses and signs “Unique Eats and Eateries of New Orleans,” Tuesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
  • Longtime French Quarter preservationist Ann Masson presents a lecture, “1919 - A Pivotal Year in Preserving the French Quarter,” Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. at the Beauregard Keyes House, 1113 Chartres St. Seating is first come, first served, with a suggested donation at the door.
  • Andrew Lawler discusses and signs the paperback of The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke," Wednesday, July 31, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • There will be an open mike reading Wednesday, July 31, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Dragonfly, 3921 St. Claude Ave. This is the final event in the Blood Jet poetry series reading.
  • Lisa Sandlin discusses and signs “The Bird Boys: A Delpha Wade and Tom Phelan Mystery,” Thursday, August 1, at Octavia Books.
  • The Maple Leaf Bar Reading series celebrates its 40th anniversary, Saturday, August 3, at 2 p.m. at the Poetry Buffet at Latter Library.
  • Poet Molly Kirschner reads Sunday, August, 4, at 3 at the Maple Leaf Bar.
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection presents a panel discussion, “Separate and Unequal: African Americans’ Struggle for Schooling Before and After the Civil War,” that brings together writers and scholars illuminating the unique relationship between race and education in New Orleans. Moderated by David Robinson-Morris, founding director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University, the panel features Fatima Shaik, author of “What Went Missing and What Got Found”; Daniel Brook, author of “An Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction"; and historian Walter C. Stern, author of "Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764–1960." The event takes place Wednesday, August 7, at 6 p.m. at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres.
  • Andrew Feldman discusses and signs “Ernesto: The Untold Story of Hemingway in Revolutionary Cuba,” Tuesday, August 13, at 6 at Octavia Books.
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.