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The Reading Life: Ladee Hubbard, Arthur Hardy


This week on The Reading Life: novelist Ladee Hubbard, author of “The Rib King,” which tells the story of the patriarch of the family we met in her first book, "The Talented Ribkins." We'll also hear from Arthur Hardy, publisher of Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide, now in its 45th edition.

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

Garden District Book Shop hosts a virtual happy hour with children’s book author, Madison Webb, whose new book is ”Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” Friday, January 22, at 5 p.m. On Friday, January 29, at 5 p.m., Alys Arden appears to discuss her most recent book in the Casquette Girls series, "The Gates of Guinée." Both events stream live on Facebook and on the Garden District Book Shop Youtube channel.

Ladee Hubbard discusses her new novel, “The Rib King,” in a zoom conversation with culinary historian Dr. Jessica Harris, Tuesday, January 26, at 6 p.m., presented by A Studio in the Woods and Tulane Center for the Gulf South. Go to to register.

The 14th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence will be presented in a virtual ceremony sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Chicago-born writer Gabriel Bump will accept the honor for his debut novel, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong.” The event is free and a link to the virtual program will be available at the time of the event 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.