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The Reading Life: Joel Dinerstein, Gina Ferrara

This week on The Reading Life Joel Dinerstein talks about his new book, “Jazz: A Quick Immersion.”

And poet Gina Ferrara talks about her new collection, “Weight of the Ripened.”

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

Edward Ball, author of Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy, appears in a Zoom conversation with Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund and former president of Dillard University, Wednesday, October 28, at 6 p.m. For info, 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.