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The Reading Life with Danielle Del Sol, Susan Langenhennig and Miki Pfeffer

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Danielle Del Sol and Susan Langenhennig of the Preservation Resource Center about their gorgeous new book, “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans.” We’ll also hear from Miki Pfeffer, editor of “A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court: Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourns.” Megan Holt joins us to preview Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, coming up November 21-24.

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • The Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 West Esplanade, Metairie, hosts a National Novel Writing Month events November 12, 19, and Monday, November 25 from 5-8:30 p.m. National Novel Writing Month is an annual event that encourages writers to work towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
  • Florence M. Jumonville discusses and signs her book, “Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries,” Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Books.
  • Rachel Kushner, author of “The Mars Room,” “The Flamethrowers,” and “Telex from Cuba,” reads from her work, Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Building, Tulane University.
  • Miki Pfeffer discusses and signs “A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourns,” Wednesday, November 13, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • The Garden District Book Club discusses “Pachinko,’ by Min Jin Lee, Wednesday, November 13 at 6 at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Suzanne Stone discusses and signs “New Orleans Coffee: A Rich History,” Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • Richard Colton discusses and signs his book, “No More, No Less: An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose,” Thursday, November 14, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Books.
  • Dogfish presents Jami Attenberg and Rodger Kamenetz reading from their work, Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere.
  • Anne Babson debuts her new poetry collection, “Messiah,” Friday, November 15, at 6:30 at L’Union Francaise, 4522 Prytania St.
  • Sisters in Crime New Orleans presents "The Mystery of the Criminal Mind," Saturday, November 16 from 8:30-5 p.m. at the Airport Holiday Inn, 2261 Causeway, in Metairie. The keynote speaker is Hank Phillippi Ryan; other speakers include Jean Redmann, Erica Spindler, O'Neil De Noux, and B.J. Bourg. For fees and registration info, check out the Sisters in Crime: New Orleans Facebook page.
  • The Octavia Books Book Club discusses Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon,” Saturday, November 16, at 10 a.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Susan Langenhennig, John Pope & Chris Granger discuss and sign their book, “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans,” Saturday, November 16, from 1-3 at Garden District Book Shop.
  • And coming up this month is Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, November 21-24, at the Ace Hotel and other locations around town. The theme this year is “Mapping Change.” More details at
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.