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The Reading Life with Sister Helen Prejean


This week on The Reading Life: Sister Helen Prejean, whose new book is “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.”

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Poppy Tooker discusses and signs “Drag Queen Brunch,” Wednesday, September 4, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library.
  • David Shannon discusses and signs his new picture book, “Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer,” Thursday, September 5, at 4:45 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Nicole Eiden, Kelly Harris, and Skye Jackson read their work at the Poetry Buffet, hosted by Gina Ferrara, Saturday, September 7, at 2 p.m. at Latter Library.

Coming up later this month:

  • Blue Cypress Books hosts a sneak peek at coming fiction: Jami Attenberg reads from "All This Could Be Yours," due out in November, and Katy Simpson Smith reads from "The Everlasting," coming in March on Thursday, September 19, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.
  • Letters Read, curated by Nancy Sharon Collins, presents a reading from the letters of the Baroness Pontalba, Wednesday, September 25, at 5:30 at the State Museum, 701 Chartres.
  • And Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner runs September 24 -26 at the Cabildo and the Hotel Peter and Paul. The theme for 2019 is The American Experience in Literature and Life, and includes a talk by Faulkner biographer Jay Parini. The Big Read author for the event is Tayari Jones, author of “An American Marriage,” who will appear in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of  “We Cast a Shadow. “The featured Faulkner title is “The Wild Palms.” For more information and complete schedule go to
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.