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The Reading Life: Brian Mitchell & Nick Weldon, Elizabeth Miki Brina


Susan Larson talks with Brian Mitchell and Nick Weldon about “Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana”; and Elizabeth Miki Brina about her first book, “Speak Okinawa: A Memoir.”

Elizabeth Brina discusses her new book, “Speak Okinawa,” in a zoom conversation with writer Randy Bates, Tuesday March 2, at 7 p.m. sponsored by Octavia Books.

Kate Clayborn discusses “Love at First: An Uplifting and Unforgettable Story of Love and Second Chances,” in a zoom conversation Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m. sponsored by Octavia Books. 

Julia Cooke, author of “Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am,” is the guest for Virtual Happy Hour, Friday, March 5, at 5 p.m. sponsored by Garden District Book shop i\on Facebook and Youtube.

And make your plans now—March is a busy month. . Coming up March 5-7, The Historic New Orleans Collection will present its annual symposium, virtual this year. The topic is “Recovered Voices: Black Activism in New Orleans from Reconstruction to the Present Day,” which will feature Fatima Shaik discussing “Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood,” Clint Bruce discussing “Afro-Creole Poetry in French from Louisiana’s Radical Civil War-Era Newspapers,” and Brian K. Mitchell, Barrington Edwards and Nick Weldon discussing “Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana.” To register, visit

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival takes place over two weekends this month. March 19-21, there will be a virtual writers retreat featuring craft sessions, publishing workshops, and inspirational talks as well. That is followed by five days of programming and performance March 24-28, including panel discussions, interviews, Books & Beignets book club, Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading, theater events, Drummer & Smoke music series, and special events. Check out for info. Saints and Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival also takes place March 11-14. Check out for info and registration.


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.