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The Reading Life with Richard Campanella


This week on The Reading Life: Our geographer-in-chief Richard Campanella talks about his new book, “The West Bank of Greater New Orleans: A Historical Geography.” Westwego! Algiers! Marrero! here we come!

Friday at 12:30 and Sunday at noon on WWNO

The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will old an open air book sale Saturday, October 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with early admission at 10 a.m. for members) and Sunday, October 18, from 10 a.m. 2 at Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. Offerings include children’s books, adult fiction and nonfiction, CDs & DVDs, and the always popular "Really Really Old Books"! Masks required. Entrance may be limited to ensure social distancing. All items have been quarantined for at least 14 days.
Rain date: October 24th and 25. To renew your membership or to join the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library:

Leigh Wright appears at a socially distant book signing for her book, Local Life New Orleans, Saturday, October 17, from 1-3 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books. Wear your masks!

Layli Long Soldier, author of “Chromosomory” and “Whereas,” will be the 2020 Arons Visiting Poet at Newcomb College Institute, Monday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. Check out the Newcomb Institute Facebook page to register.

Jeff Duncan appears in a Zoom conversation with Fletcher Mackel discussing Duncan's book, “Payton and Brees: The Men Who Built the Greatest Offense in NFL History,” Tuesday, October 20, at 6 p.m. Go to for details.

Patrick Earl Ryan discusses his book, “If We Were Electric,” in a Zoom conversation with Roxane Gay Tuesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. sponsored by Octavia Books. Details at

Connor Towne O'Neill appears in a zoom in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin discussing his book, “Down Along With That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy,” Wednesday, October 21, at 6 p.m. For details, 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.