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The Reading Life with Richard Sexton and Poppy Tooker

George Ingmire
The Reading Life

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is “Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River,” which accompanies an exhibit that opens this week at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We’ll also hear from Poppy Tooker, host of "Louisiana Eats," who’s celebrating her new book, “Drag Queen Brunch.”

September 15 calendar
Here in New Orleans:

  • Stephen Y. Landry discusses and signs “Beatles Day in New Orleans,” Monday, September 16, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Leon C. Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University, will speak about the Collection’s holdings at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • Richard Sexton discusses and signs “Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River," Tuesday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m. when his new exhibit opens at the Historic New Orleans Collection, 520 Royal St.
  • The New Orleans Advocate and Garden District Book Shop present Candace Bushnell, whose new book is “Is There Still Sex in the City?,” Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Advocate, 840 St. Charles Ave. This is a ticketed event; tickets available at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Poppy Tooker discusses and signs “Drag Queen Brunch,” Wednesday, September 18, at 6  p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Carolyn Kolb, PhD, a local historian and history professor, is leading a six-part series titled “The History of Jefferson Parish.” Part 2, "Jefferson Parish Up to 1875," takes place Wednesday September 18 at 7 p.m. at the West Bank Regional Library, 2781 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
  • 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 2020. The reading takes place Thursday, September 19, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.
  • Philosopher John P. Clark discusses and signs “Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community,” Thursday, September 19, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Dogfish presents Philip Matthews and Analicia Sotelo reading from their work, Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere.
  • The Latin American Library at Tulane University will hold its annual open house, Friday, September 20, from noon-3 p.m. The event includes an exhibit of recent acquisitions; a book sale; presentations by Professors Rebecca Atencio and Marilyn Miller on engaging students with LAL materials in the classroom. This takes place on the 4th floor of the Howard Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University.
  • Two events created for writers of all levels will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Allison Alsup of the New Orleans Writers Workshop presents a workshop on dialogue, “He Said, She Said,” at 9:30 a.m. at the East Bank Regional Library. This will be followed by a panel on publishing with literary agent Pam Ahearn, bestselling author C.S. Harris, and traditionally and self-published author Farrah Rochon at 11 a.m., also at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
  • And coming up: Letters Read, curated by Nancy Sharon Collins, presents a reading of 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, including 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.