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The Reading Life: Augustin J. Correro, Nathaniel Rich


Susan Larson talks with Augustin J. Correro, whose new book is "Tennessee Williams 101"  and we'll preview the 35th annual Tennessee Williams & Literary Festival, the highlight of this weekend - we'll also hear from Nathaniel Rich, author of "Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade."

March 26 calendar

This is the final weekend of the virtual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival.  Watch for appearances by Megan Abbott, Augustin J Correro, Randy Fertel, Alison Gaylin, Matthew Griffin, Eliza Griswold, Ladee Hubbard, Robert Jones, Jr., Peggy Scott Laborde, Laura Lippman, Lauren Markham, John Cameron Mitchell, John Pope, Alice Quinn, Mo Rocca, Brian Sands, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Heather Ann Thompson, M.O. Walsh  The concluding event will be the presentation of the seventh annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Writing at 4:30 Sunday. Honorees this year are Angie Kim, for her debut novel, "Miracle Creek, "Emma Copley Eisenberg, for her true crime story, "The Rainbow Girl," a new prize this year, and C.S. Harris (aka known as New Orleanian Candice Proctor) will receive the prize for a distinguished body of work. Check out for the complete schedule.

The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library hold a really, really old book sale Saturday, March 27. Hours are 10-11 a.m. for Friends members, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to the Public, all at the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.

Nathaniel Rich discusses his new book, “Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade,” in a zoom conversation with Thomas Beller Monday, March 29, at 6 p.m. Get tickets at

The New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Book Fair gets underway Thursday, April 1,  and continues throughout the month of April. Check out for 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.