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The Reading Life: Tori Bush, Richard Goodman

This week on The Reading Life: Tori Bush and Richard Goodman, editors of The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing.



March 19 calendar

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off Friday, March 19.

The Writer’s Retreat March 19-21 will include online writing workshops, author events, and a writing marathon. Delivering a keynote inspirational message to writers is Robert Jones, Jr., author of “The Prophets”. Other authors also participating include C. Morgan Babst, Michael Bourne, Elizabeth Miki BrinaEthan Brown, Pamela ColloffLily King, Leigh Camacho RourksMaurice Carlos Ruffin, Sunni Patterson, Sharyn Rosenblum, and Katy Simpson Smith. There will be an agent pitch bootcamp and a session by Kindle Direct Publishing with Goodreads.

The following weekend, March 24-28, you can see such varied writers as Megan AbbottAugustin J CorreroRandy FertelAlison GaylinMatthew GriffinEliza GriswoldLadee HubbardRobert Jones, Jr.Peggy Scott LabordeLaura LippmanLauren MarkhamJohn Cameron MitchellJohn PopeAlice QuinnMo RoccaBrian SandsKalamu Ya Salaam, Heather Ann ThompsonM.O. WalshBryan Washington, and many more. 

Special Events

The Festival will open Wednesday, March 24 with an online evening performance of A Vieux Carré Cabaret with Vinsantos, LadyBeast, and Franky. Other virtual events include the Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading focused on New Orleans as Muse with Alan Cumming, Brenda Currin, Rodney Hicks, Ann Magnuson, Amy Ryan, Mink Stole, Blair Underwood, and more. Books & Beignets focusing on The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams; an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley; Bryan Batt in conversation with Tennessee Williams’ scholar Dr. Kenneth Holditch; and a Williams Scholars Session. UNO Press will present poetry readings filmed on location from the book I Am New Orleans and a new memoir by Kalamu ya SalaamCheck out tennesseewilliams.net for the complete schedule.

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.