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The Reading Life with Florence Jumonville and Anne Babson

George Ingmire
The Reading Life

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with archivist Florence Jumonville, author of “Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae M. Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries,” and poet Anne Babson reads from her new collection, “Messiah.”

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

In New Orleans:

The College Book Arts Association Conference takes place in New Orleans, January 2-4, 2020. If you’d like to volunteer, you can also attend the conference for free. Dates available are Thursday, Jan 2nd from 10-8pm at Tulane, Friday, Jan 3rd, from 8am-8pm at Ace Hotel, and Saturday, Jan 4th, from 8am-9pm.  Come see all the beautiful books and learn more about the book arts. On Saturday, the conference is free and open to the public from 1-4pm. To volunteer, write Amelia Bird at For more info, go to

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

And One Book One New Orleans has announced its 2020 selection: “New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader,” edited by Kalamu ya Salaam and published by UNO Press. Put that at the top of your list for the New Year.

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.