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The Reading Life with Jean Redmann and Greg Herren

This week on The Reading Life: New Orleans crime novelists Jean Redmann, author of “Not Dead Enough,” her tenth book in the Micky Knight series, and Greg Herren, author of “Royal Street Reveillon,” the eighth in his series featuring detective Scotty Bradley, perfect holiday reading from a writer who loves Christmas in New Orleans.

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

Here in New Orleans:

  • Director of the New Orleans African American Museum Gia Hamilton will lead a discussion with Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Francis Pavy, and Charles Gillam, and Rachel Breunlin, about the creation of Le Kèr Creole exhibit  and the book of the sane name, Tuesday, December 10, at 6 p.m. at the Cabildo, 701 Chartres.
  • Christopher Schaberg discusses and signs “Searching for the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Environmental Humanities,” Tuesday, December 10, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • John McCusker discusses and signs “Jockomo: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians,” Tuesday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hubbell Library in Algiers.
  • Jami Attenberg discusses “All This Could Be Yours,” with novelist Ladee Hubbard, Thursday, December 12, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • Josephine Sacabo signs “Structures of Reverie” and Richard Sexton signs “Enigmatic Stream” Saturday, December 14 at 5 p.m. at A Gallery for Fine Photography.
  • Danielle Del Sol, Susan Langenhennig, John Pope and Chris Granger sign “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans” at the Preservation Resource Center& Holiday Home Tour boutique, Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave.
  • Tina Freeman discusses and signs “Lamentations,” Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m. at Octavia Books.
  • If your New Year’s resolution is to get serious about a writing life, check out next semester’s offerings from the New Orleans Writers Workshop. The spring classes are up at neworleanswriters.com.
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.