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The Reading Life with Minrose Gwin and Kate Lacour

George Ingmire
The Reading Life

This week on the Reading Life: Susan talks with Minrose Gwin, whose most recent novel is “The Accidentals.” We’ll also hear from Kate Lacour, whose odd and beautiful new art book is “Vivisectionary: A Convocation of Biological Art.”

August 18 calendar:

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society presents My New Orleans, with Kalamu ya Salaam, author of “Be About Beauty: and “New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader”; Jesse Morgan-Owens, author of “Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement”; and Gordon Wilson, author of “Quench the Smoldering Wick,” Sunday, August 18, from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Cabildo. RSVP to
  • Today’s guest, Minrose Gwin, discusses and signs “The Accidentals,” Monday, August 19, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • The members of the East Bank Regional Great Books Discussion Group have announced their reading schedule through the second half of 2019 and into the new year. They will discuss, “The Reivers,” by William Faulkner, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The group is moderated by librarian Gwen Kelley. 
  • Phil Sandusky discusses and signs his book, “Painting Katrina,” Wednesday, August 21, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
  • Cathal Nolan discusses and signs “Revolt: Paris and Warsaw, August 1944” with historian Rob Citino, Thursday, August 22, at the National World War II Museum Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, 945 Magazine St. Reception at 5, presentation at 6, signing at 7 p.m.
  • Margaret McMullan discusses and signs her memoir: “Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss and Return,” Thursday, August 22, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Dogfish presents James Arthur & Té V. Smith Thursday, August 22, at 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere.
  • Jo Watson Hackl signs her middle grade novel “Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe,” Saturday, August 24, at 1:30 at Octavia Books.
  • Today’s guest, Kate Lacour, discusses and signs her book, “Vivisectionary,” Saturday, August 24, at 6 p.m. at Crescent City comics, 3135 Calhoun St., and again August 29, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.
  • There will be a celebration of the life of the late, great Toni Morrison with group reading, Sunday, August 25, at 5-7 p.m. at Southern Rep Theater, 2541 Bayou Rd.
  • The next event in the Letters Read series, curated by Nancy Sharon Collins, will feature readings from the letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Sunday, August 25, at 5 p.m. Crescent City Books, 124 Baronne St.
  • The next Unlikely Salon features Megan Burns and artist Kaori Maeyama  Sunday, August 25, at 7 p.m. at the Zeitgeist Theatre and Lounge, 6621 St. Claude Ave. 
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.