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The Reading Life with Tina Freeman, Russell Lord and Robert Mann


This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Tina Freeman, whose new book is “Lamentations,” along with New Orleans Museum of Art curator of photography Russell Lord. And biographer Robert Mann talks about his book, “Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon.”

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 its final National Novel Writing Monday events Monday, November 25, from 5-8:30 p.m.
  • Chef Justin Devillier signs “The New Orleans Kitchen: Classic Recipes and Modern Techniques for an Unrivaled Cuisine,” Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Sally Asher presents a story time with her book, “The Mermaids’ Night Before Christmas,” Saturday, November 30, at 10 a.m. at the Hubbell Library in Algiers.
  • Don’t forget to celebrate Indies First, Small Business, Saturday, November 30, at your local indie bookstores.
  • Contributor Shannon Sims signs “Best American Travel Writing 2019, Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Congratulations to Kalamu ya Salaam, who will receive a Josephine Miles Award from PEN/Oakland, December 7 in Oakland, for his book “Be About Beauty,” published by UNO Press.
  • And congratulations to Houston writer Bryan Washington, whose debut short story collection., “Lot,” a collection of short stories, has been named winner of the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. The award will be presented to Washington at 6:30 p.m. on January 30 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. The ceremony is free and open to the public, although reservations are requested 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.